Francisco Sagasti

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Francisco Sagasti "is President of FORO Nacional/Internacional, an institution which aims at promoting dialogue, debate and consensus on critical development issues, and director of its Agenda: PERU program of studies on development strategies, institutional reforms and democratic governance.

"As of mid-2002, he became advisor to the Office of the Prime Minister in Peru, since early 2001 has been advisor to the Rector of the United Nations University for Peace, in San José, Costa Rica and in 2000 he became senior associate at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Sussex University.

"In 1999 he joined the Board of Governors of the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He has been Chief of Strategic Planning and Senior Advisor at the World Bank, Silberberg visiting professor of management and decisions sciences at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, chairman of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Science and Technology for Development, member of UNESCO's Science Policy Advisory Council and member of the Rector's Advisory Committee of the United Nations University. He was founder and Executive Director of GRADE, a policy oriented think tank in Lima, Peru, and has been advisor to various ministries, government agencies, private enterprises and international organizations in several countries. Mr. Sagasti obtained his PhD in operations research and social systems sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, an MSc in industrial engineering at Pennsylvania State University and his industrial engineering degree at the National Engineering University in Lima, Peru.

"He has published about twenty books including: A foresight and policy study of the multilateral development banks and Financing and providing global public goods: expectations and prospects, both in collaboration with Dr. Keith Bezanson and published by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in 2001; PERU: Agenda y estrategia para el siglo 21, (Lima, Apoyo Ediciones, 2000, English translation published by Peru Report in 2001); Equidad, Integración Social y Desarrollo: Hacia un nuevo enfoque para la política social en América Latina, (with Javier Iguíñiz and Jürgen Schuldt, Universidad del Pacífico, 199); Development Cooperation in a Fractured Global Order: An arduous transition (Ottawa, IDRC, 1999); Preventing Deadly Conflict: Does the World Bank Have a Role? (with John Stremlau, New York, Carnegie Corporation, 1998); Democracia y Buen Gobierno, (with P. Patron, N. Lynch and M. Hernandez, Lima, APOYO, 1995, third edition in 1999 English translation published by Peru Report in 2001); Imaginemos un Perú Mejor, (Lima, first edition, GRADE, 1989, second edition Agenda: PERÚ, 1999); Ciencia, Tecnologia y Desarrollo Latinoamericano, Mexico, Fondo de Cultura Economica, 1981; and Technology, Planning and Self-reliant Development (New York, Praeger Publishers, 1979). He edited (with J. J. Salomon and C. Sachs), The Uncertain Quest, a sourcebook on science, technology and development sponsored by the United Nations University, published in English, French and Spanish between 1994 and 1996. He has also published more than 200 academic articles and contributes frequently to newspapers and magazines in Lima, Peru.

"Francisco Sagasti has delivered the 1999 W. David Hopper Lecture at Guelph University and at Memorial University in Newfoundland, has received the United Nations Peace Medal and Paul Hoffman Award of the Society for International Development, and has been a Fulbright Distinguished Visiting Lecturer in several United States universities." [1]