Paul Tough is the author, most recently, of "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character," a New York Times best seller that has been translated into 22 languages. His first book, "Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada's Quest to Change Harlem and America," was published in 2008. Paul is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, where he has written extensively about education, parenting, poverty, and politics. His writing has also appeared in the New Yorker, Slate, GQ, Esquire, and Geist, and on the op-ed page of the New York Times.
Norbert Schady is the Principal Economic Advisor for the Social Sector at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). In addition to the IDB, Dr. Schady has worked at the World Bank and UNICEF, and has taught at Georgetown and Princeton. His main research areas include early childhood development, cash transfer programs, and the effects of economic crises on the accumulation of human capital. Dr.
Nirmala Rao is Professor, Faculty of Education and Director of Graduate Studies & Associate Dean, Graduate School, The University of Hong Kong. She is a Developmental and Chartered (Educational) Psychologist who is internationally recognized for her research on early child development and education in Asian cultural contexts. This research has focused on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based programmes directed at children in the early childhood stage of development with the objective of finding out why they have the effects that they do.
Sophie Naudeau is a Senior Education Specialist in the Africa region at the World Bank. In this capacity, she is primarily responsible for leading the policy dialogue on the education portfolio in Mozambique, including on Early Childhood Development (ECD). Since joining the World Bank in 2005, Sophie worked in the EAP (East Asia and Pacific) and MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) regions, as well as in the Children and Youth Unit of the Human Development Network.
Dr. Innocenti is Director of the Research and Evaluation Division at the Center for Persons with Disabilities, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. He holds an appointment as an Associate Professor in Psychology at Utah State University. Dr. Innocenti has over 30 years of experience working with infants and young children at-risk and with disabilities and their families through multiple research and model demonstration projects.
Robert H. Dugger, Ph.D., is a venture capital investor, managing partner at Hanover Provident Capital and retired partner in the hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation.
Luis Benveniste is the Practice Manager, Global Engagement and Knowledge at the World Bank. He was a co-author of the World Development Report 2012: Gender Equality and Development. Some of his recent publications include Teaching in Cambodia (2008), with J. Marshall and M. Araujo, Teaching in Lao PDR (2008), with J. Marshall and L. Santibaez, "The political structuration of assessment: Negotiating State power and legitimacy," in A.H. Halsey, P. Brown, H. Lauder & J. Dillabough (eds.), Education: Globalisation and Social Change (2006) and All Else Equal (2003), with M. Carnoy and R.
Nazli Baydar is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Koç Üniversitesi in Istanbul. Baydar has worked on various human capital projects including evaluations of Job Corps and WIC. However, her interest lies in early childhood and the development of human capital prior to entry into formal schooling. She has also worked on interventions with Head Start populations.