Keynote speakers

Jayati Gosh taught economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi for nearly 35 years, and since January 2021 she has been Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA. She has authored and/or edited 20 books and more than 200 scholarly articles. She has consulted for international organizations including ILO, UNDP, UNCTAD, UN-DESA, UNRISD and UN Women and is member of several international boards and commissions, including the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Economic and Social Affairs. In 2021 she was appointed to the WHO Council on the Economics of Health for All. In March 2022, she was appointed to the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism, mandated to provide a vision for international cooperation to deal with current and future challenges. She also writes regularly for popular media, including newspapers, journals and blogs (bio retrieved from


Barry Gills is professor of Development Studies at the University of Helsinki, as well as the editor-in-chief of the academic journal Globalizations. Before coming to Helsinki, Gills has worked as the professor of Global Politics in the school of Geography, Politics and Sociology at Newcastle University and as the Director of the Globalization Research Center at the University of Hawaii, USA. He earned his doctorate from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has written widely in the fields of world-systems theory, international political economy, the political economy of development and the politics of resistance, globalization and now the climate emergency. He is also a member of the Helsinki Institute of Sustainability Science and one of the founding members of The Global Extractivisms and Alternatives research initiative (EXALT) (bio retrieved from (

Alfredo Saad-Filho is Professor of Political Economy and International Development at King’s College London. His interests include the political economy of development, industrial policy, neoliberalism, democracy, alternative economic policies, Latin American political and economic development, inflation and stabilisation, and the labour theory of value and its applications. His writings range across critiques of the (Post-)Washington consensus, IMF and World Bank policies; pro-poor policy alternatives; and concrete analyses of fiscal, monetary, financial, balance of payments and employment policies, inflation targeting, resource use (including ‘resource curse’ and Dutch Disease), and policy-making in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America (especially Brazil) and the Middle East (bio retrieved from: