Jomo K. S. is Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development based in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) of the United Nations Secretariat.
José Antonio Ocampo wais Under-Secretary General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in the United Nations Secretariat until mid-2007.
Rob Vos is Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in the United Nations Secretariat.
Jomo K. S. has been Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the United Nations' Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) since January 2005, and Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development since December 2006. He was Professor in the Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya until November 2004, and was on the Board of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva (2002-4), and. He is Founder Chair of IDEAs, International Development Economics Associates (www.ideaswebsite.org)
. In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.
Born in Penang, Malaysia, in 1952, Jomo studied at the Penang Free School (PFS, 1964-6), Royal Military College (RMC, 1967-70), Yale (1970-3) and Harvard (1973-7). He has taught at Science University of Malaysia (USM, 1974), Harvard (1974-5), Yale (1977), National University of Malaysia (UKM, 1977-82), University of Malaya (since 1982), and Cornell (1993). He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1987-8; 1991-2) and was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (2004).
He has authored over 35 monographs, edited over 50 books and translated 11 volumes besides writing many academic papers and articles for the media. He is on the editorial boards of several learned journals.
José Antonio Ocampo has a BA degree in Economics and Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. He is Professor at Columbia University, New York. Former Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), he became the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs on 1 September, 2003. As suchUntil June 2007, he headeds the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), which is responsible for the follow-up to the major United Nations Summits and Conferences, and services the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Second and Third Committees of the General Assembly. He also chairsed the UN Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs.
Prior to assuming his present position in the United Nations, he held a number of posts in the Government of Colombia, including those of Minister of Finance and Public Credit, Director (Minister) of the National Planning Department, and Minister of Agriculture. As an academic, he has been Director of the Foundation for Higher Education and Development (FEDESARROLLO), Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes and Universidad Nacional de Colombia, and Visiting Professor at Cambridge, Yale and Oxford Universities. He is the author or editor of a number of books and monographs, and has written several scholarly articles on subjects such as macroeconomic theory and policy, international financial and monetary issues, economic development, international trade, and Colombian and Latin American economic history.
José Antonio Ocampo has received a number of personal honours and distinctions, including the Alejandro Angel Escobar National Science Award.
Rob Vos is Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division at the Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in the United Nations Secretariat and in that capacity responsible for, among others, the UN's annual flagship publications the World Economic Situation and Prospects and the World Economic and Social Survey, as well as for the secretariat of the Committee for Development Policy. He is also an affiliate Professor of Finance and Development at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague and Professor of Development Economics at the Free University, Amsterdam. Previously, he was the Deputy Rector of the Institute of Social Studies and worked as senior economist at the Inter-American Development Bank. His most recent book is Who gains from Free Trade? Export-led Growth and Poverty in Latin America