Webinar Economic Systems: Towards a More Resilient, Sustainable and Inclusive Recovery

Date: August 4, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

An event by IEDC, August 4th - noon PT / 3pm ET

Read more and register HERE.

The COVID-19 pandemic is testing the limits of healthcare and economic systems across the world. In addition to disrupting lives, economies and societies, the pandemic has triggered the most severe recession in nearly a century – with the retail, travel and restaurant industries, among others, in tatters. Similar to the 2008/09 global financial crisis, which disproportionately hurt lower-income households, COVID-19 hit lower-wage workers first and hardest. The magnitude of the crisis confronts business leaders and policymakers with an unprecedented challenge.

Economic growth and social inclusion are not mutually exclusive; ample evidence supports the notion that interventions that promote inclusion often lead to stronger economic recoveries. While there will be no easy solutions, special attention must be given to interventions capable of accelerating desirable trends that are likely to shape the next normal. The distributional implications of automation and the future of work for the shape of the recovery will be examined.


Ted Egan, PhD
Chief Economist
City of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Dr. Ted Egan is the Chief Economist of the City and County of San Francisco, and directs the Office of Economic Analysis in the City Controller’s Office. The office prepares independent economic analysis of major new city legislation.

Since he joined in 2007, his office has published over 100 economic impact reports on policy issues like the minimum wage, affordable housing, business taxes, land use planning, sporting events, and short-term rentals. During this time at the City, he has served as an expert witness on the economics of same-sex marriage, and won a Good Government award for his work redesigning the City’s business tax. He currently serves on the Data Users Advisory Committee of the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Before joining the City, he spent ten years working for ICF International, managing economic development strategy projects across North America, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East. He received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and lectured in the Economics and City Planning departments at Berkeley for more than ten years.

Fred Olayele, PhD
Chief Economist
New York City Economic Development Corporation
New York, NY

Dr. Fred Olayele’s diverse career spans banking, government, international development, management consulting, and academia. As Chief Economist and Head of the Economic Research & Policy Group with New York City Economic Development Corporation, he oversees economic research and policy initiatives aimed at making New York City the global model for inclusive growth and innovation. He has consulted widely and advised many public and private organizations in Canada, United States, and Africa –including startups, multinational corporations, and international development agencies. A certified Project Management Professional (PMP), his work cuts across the public, private, philanthropic, and academic sectors – both nationally and internationally.

A Research Professor at the Sprott School of Business, Carleton University, Canada, he has taught strategy and international business in the MBA program; and applied and theoretical economics classes at the University of Regina, Canada. Prior to his current role, he was President & Chief Economist with the Global Economic Institute – where he championed internationalization through the triple helix approach. A First Class Honours Economics graduate, his research interests are in trade policy, economic development, energy and climate policy, political economy, and strategic management.

Among others, he sits on the International Advisory Committee of the International Economic Development Council. A frequent speaker on trending economic and public policy issues, he holds a PhD in Economics, and has published in reputed international journals. He is Board Chair, Economic Innovation Institute for Africa.

David Wilson, PhD
Managing Director
Cities and Regions Ltd.
Auckland, NZ

David Wilson is balanced, smart and pragmatic. He likes to get things done and is not afraid of taking on the big issues. He is also positive, visionary, compassionate, and authentic. He cares about family, about people, about prosperity, and the communities we live in. He wants what is best for New Zealand and New Zealanders. David’s blend of business and public sector experience, backed up by strong qualifications, means he connects with people on a personal level but can also influence at the highest level. He is the right person to help re-build New Zealand’s society and economy post the Covid-19 pandemic.

David is married to ‘Dr Anna’ an exceptional family doctor who cares deeply about family medicine and is loved by her patients. His son Ash is an immigration analyst with a BA and MA in Philosophy from Auckland University having previously won the undergraduate philosophy prize at Massey University. His daughter Jess is a professional dancer who “has taught me that meaning can be conveyed through movement, music and timing as well as words”. Harry the cat and Lilly the dog complete the picture. The family enjoys travel and holidays at the beach in Northland with plenty of seafood, wine, and friends. David enjoys basketball, coaching, fishing, surfing (Hawaii teaches humility), rugby (just watching these days!) music, travel (new places, cultures, and history), dance (only really watching my daughter), and movies with the family. “I’m currently reading ‘London’ by Edward Rutherford and my favourite book is ‘Enlightenment Now’ by Steven Pinker.”

Erica Groshen, PhD
Faculty, School of Industrial and Labor Relations
Cornell University
New York, NY

Dr. Groshen is on a Senior Extension Faculty member at the Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations and Research Fellow at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. From 2013 to 2017, she served as the 14th Commissioner of the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and inflation. Before that she was Vice President in the Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has centered on jobless recoveries, wage rigidity and dispersion, and the role of employers in the labor market.

She is the lead author of Preparing U.S. Workers and Employers for an Autonomous Vehicle Future with Susan Helper, John Paul MacDuffie and Charles Carson. She also co-authored How New is the “New Employment Contract”? from W.E. Upjohn Institute Press and co-edited Structural Changes in U.S. Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences, from M.E. Sharpe, Inc. Dr. Groshen received the 2017 Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jeff Finkle, CEcD
President & CEO
International Economic Development Council
Washington, DC

Jeff previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and has received numerous awards over the years for his commitment to making sustainable economic development a priority in communities of all sizes. Significantly, in 2011, he was lauded by the U.S. Department of Commerce for his 25 years of stewardship over CUED and IEDC. Moreover, as a longtime leader in community service and philanthropy, in 2005 Jeff organized 250 economic development volunteers to work in Gulf Coast communities endeavoring to recover from Hurricane Katrina and today IEDC is deploying volunteers in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii and Texas after various hurricanes, floods, and volcano incidents. In 1989, he also founded the Bollinger Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to children who have lost a parent who worked in the field of economic development. It has given out over a million dollars in scholarships.

He has served on the Arlington Virginia Economic Development Commission, the Alexandria Virginia Economic Development Corporation board, ACT’s advisory body for work ready communities, and as the president of the Bollinger Foundation, among other engagements.

Often, Jeff has been the voice on economic development issues. He has traveled extensively to speak on economic development both internationally and domestically and has been quoted in newspapers throughout North America. Jeff has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning, Fox Television and the Journal Report on PBS when the Supreme Court deliberated on issues surrounding eminent domain. Jeff was most recently quoted several times in the Wall Street Journal on the Amazon HQ 2 decision. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in communications from Ohio University in Athens and continued his education at Ohio State in Business Administration (no degree).

He maintains a strong connection with Ohio University’s Voinovich School for Leadership and Public Affairs and has a fellowship relationship with the school.