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Xavier Sala-i-Martin

Professor, Economics Department, Columbia University

BA, Autònoma Barcelona; MA and PhD, Harvard University. Visiting Professor, Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona; Special Economic Adviser, Global Competitiveness Programme, World Economic Forum; Founder and CEO, Umbele Foundation: A Future for Africa. Author of books and numerous research articles. Recipient of awards, including: Best Paper on Health Economics, International Health Economics Organization (2000); Kenneth J Arrow Prize (2001); Premio Juan Carlos I de Economía, best economist in Spain and Latin America (2004). Expertise: economic growth and development, health economics, macroeconomics, surrealist art.