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Guy Pfeffermann

Founder and CEO, Global Business School Network

Guy Pfeffermann is the Founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network.

He was the Director of the Economics Department and Chief Economist for the International Finance Corporation from 1988-2003.

Since 2003, he has served as the Director of the Global Business School Network of International Finance Corporation. He retired from the World Bank in 2006. From 2000-2003, he was also an Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies.

From 2003-2007, he was a member of the Board of Directors of the Global Giving Foundation. He is currently on the Advisory Board of the Association of African Business Schools (AABS).

Mr. Pfeffermann joined the World Banks' Young Professionals Program in December 1966. He served as Chief Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean Region from 1979-87 and Chief of Debt and Macroeconomic Adjustment division from 1987-88.

Mr. Pfeffermann was born in Montauban, France. He received his Licence en Droit et Sciences Economiques in Paris in 1962 and was awarded first prize,Concours General, a French national inter-university essay competition. Mr. Pfeffermann was a Besse scholar at St.Antony’s College, Oxford from 1962-65 and received a B.Litt. (Oxon.) in 1967.

Articles by Guy Pfeffermann

The Problem with Counting Nigerians

How large is the Nigerian population really? Nobody knows for sure.

October 30, 2016

Brazil: Like India or Ghana?

Despite repeated high hopes for progress, it has been fifty years of unresolved economic problems in Brazil.

August 8, 2016

Ethiopia: Land of Edible Napkins

Ethiopia has an amazing ability to get things done, quite unusual in low-income countries.

July 19, 2015

Targeted Debt Relief: Humanitarian Action Plan for Greece

A Social Solidarity Program focused on Greece’s poor is a deal Germany may suggest.

July 9, 2015

Travelogue: Singapore Utopia

The upright and welcoming jewel of Southeast Asia.

May 31, 2014

Brazil: Ready for the World Cup?

An aspiring global tourism magnet, Brazil still needs work on the basics.

November 23, 2013

Brazil: The People Vs. the Politicians

Amid mass demonstrations in Brazil, what is working and what needs improvement in the country's political processes?

June 19, 2013

Vignettes from India

What does a foreigner see and hear amidst the hustle and bustle of daily life in India?

August 25, 2012

Remnants of Empire — Pakistan (2009)

What is Pakistan like 60 years after the British left?

November 19, 2009

France in August — Far from the Maddening Crowd

Is the French countryside tourist-friendly in the summer months?

September 11, 2009

Birds and Bureaucrats of Brazzaville: Travels in the Congo

How is the Republic of Congo addressing education and development?

July 24, 2009

Four-Wheeling in the Sky: Notes on American Infrastructure

What lessons can be learned from a train trip across America?

January 24, 2009

Bad Management and Sub-Saharan Africa

Why has development aid not helped Africa all that much?

January 15, 2008

Dateline Kenya: Pictures at an Exhibition

How successfully is Kenya moving forward — while still maintaining its traditional culture?

July 16, 2007

African Winter: The Tourism Dimension

What are the mainstays — and surprises — of a trip through the African wilderness?

August 22, 2005

Africa’s Z — Zebra

What African creature is more famous that the zebra?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s Y — Young People

What effect does Africa's young population have on its work force?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s X — Xenophobia

What role do boundaries play in African conflict?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s W — Wars

What is the cause of so many wars in Africa?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s V — Valuable Resources

Are natural resources a curse or a blessing to African nations?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s U — Urban Growth

What effect is population growth having on Africa's cities?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s T — Terms of Trade

Are terms of trade working against African development?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s R — Remittances

Are remittances from overseas helping Africa's economy?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s Q — Quarantine

Why are contagious diseases so rampant in Africa?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s P — Population

Is Africa's economy strained by its fast-growing population?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s O — Origins

What is the origin of the word "Africa?"

February 23, 2005

Africa’s N — Networks

What effect are weak networks having on Africa's development?

February 23, 2005

An African Alphabet: From AIDS to Zebra

What can the alphabet teach us about the current state of Africa?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s S — Schools

What is the current state of education in Africa?

February 23, 2005

Africa’s I — Internet

What role does the Internet play in Africa?

February 16, 2005

An African Alphabet: From AIDS to Zebra

What can the alphabet teach us about the current state of Africa?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s M — Migration

How is Migration affecting life in Africa?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s L — Life Expectancy

What is the average life expectancy in Africa?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s K — Kickbacks

How are kickbacks affecting Africa's development?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s J — Jobs

What do employment prospects look like in Africa?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s H — HIPC

What impact is sovereign debt having on African countries?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s F — Foreign Investment

Is Africa receiving its share of foreign direct investment?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s E — Enterprise

What is the current state of entrepreneurship in Africa?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s D — Development Assistance

Is development assistance helping Africa?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s C — Costs

What role do high prices play in Africa's economy?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s B — Botswana

Botswana is one of Africa's superstar economies.

February 16, 2005

Africa’s A — AIDS

What is the impact of AIDS on the development of Africa?

February 16, 2005

Africa’s G — Growth

How fast is Africa growing relative to the rest of the world?

February 16, 2005

Back to New Zealand — South Island in Winter

What is globalization's role in shaping modern New Zealand society?

September 27, 2003

Global Balance Sheet — 1913 to 1998

Are most people better off economically now than at the beginning of the 20th century?

June 27, 2003

Mongolia: Following the Milky Way

Why do you need to be passionate about milk when traveling in Mongolia?

May 17, 2003

Excursion to Bangalore

How is India's technology hub changing?

April 27, 2003

Latin America: Rich and Poor

Just how bad is income inequality in Latin America — and what explains its persistence of many decades?

November 21, 2002

Sizing Up Foreign Direct Investment, Part II: Lions and Sparrows

Is it true that only "fat cats" receive FDI at the cost of smaller countries?

October 31, 2002

Sizing Up Foreign Direct Investment

Does a common myth about foreign investment discourage countries from seeking its benefits?

October 30, 2002

Burghers and Globalization

Were Marx and Engels ahead of the anti-globalization movement by a century?

June 29, 2002

The Many Tongues of Globalization

Is language responsible for all the controversy surrounding globalization?

May 10, 2002

The Eight Losers of Globalization

Who are the losers of globalization — and who are the winners?

April 19, 2002