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Shari Spiegel

Chief, Policy Analysis & Development Branch, Financing for Sustainable Development Office, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations

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Shari Spiegel is Chief of the Policy Analysis & Development Branch in the Financing for Sustainable Development Office of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs at the United Nations (UN-DESA). She was integral in the negotiations on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, and currently leads the work on the 60-agency Inter-agency Task Force on Financing for Development. Shari has extensive private sector experience, including as a Principal at New Holland Capital (an advisor to APG, the Dutch Pension Fund) and the Director of fixed income emerging markets at Lazard Asset Management. In the early 1990s, she co-founded and was CEO of Budapest Alapkezelő, which launched the first domestic investment funds in Hungary, and remains one of its largest asset management companies. From 2002-2007 she served as the Executive Director of IPD, a think-tank at Columbia University founded by Nobel Laureate, Joseph Stiglitz, while teaching at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She has also worked as a foreign adviser to the Hungarian Central Bank and as a consultant to the IFC. She is author and co-author of several books and articles, and has an MA in economics from Princeton University and a BA in economics and applied mathematics from Northwestern University.