“Think Tanks: What Are They Good For?”, a Conversation with Dr. Rohinton P. Medhora

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    2015•01•16    18:30 - 19:30

    On 16 January 2015, UNU will host “Think Tanks: What Are They Good For?”, a conversation with Dr. Rohinton P. Medhora, President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation. This event will start at 6:30 PM at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.

    Think tanks are in the business of influencing policy and public opinion. They do this by marshalling evidence, actively promoting it in the public domain and engaging with decision-makers. Ultimately, for any think tank, success is about impact. But how think tanks achieve this, how well they do it, and for what purpose, vary considerably. They are famously influential in Washington and many of them also exist and thrive in Tokyo.

    Dr. Rohinton P. Medhora will join UNU Rector David M. Malone for a conversation examining the diverse roles, objectives and strategies of think tanks. Several years ago, Dr. Medhora spearheaded a tremendously ambitious, singularly well-funded global initiative to fund promising think tanks in Africa, Latin America and Asia, supported by the Gates and Hewlett Foundations and the Canadian, Netherlands and UK governments. Reflecting on Dr. Medhora’s experience leading a think tank and supporting think tanks throughout the world, the conversation will explore the challenges of influencing policy and the elements of successful organizations including effective research programmes, clear vision, reliable funding, and competent leadership.

    The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.

    Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 15 January) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the registration page.

    About the speaker

    Rohinton P. Medhora is President of the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI), a non-partisan think tank located in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. CIGI’s research programmes focus on the global economy, global security and politics, and international law. Previously Dr. Medhora was Vice President of Programs at Canada’s International Development Research Centre. He received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he also subsequently taught for many years. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, international economic relations, and aid effectiveness. His recent publications include co-edited books on development thought and practice, Canada’s relations with Africa, and Canada’s role in the international financial system. He serves on the Boards of the Institute for New Economic Thinking and the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research.


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