Galina Hale is a Professor of Economics at UC Santa Cruz. She served as a Research Advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, and an assistant professor in the economics department of Yale University. Galina’s research interests lie in three main areas: understanding patterns of international capital flows, stability of the financial system, and the nexus between ESG sustainability goals and financial system. Galina has published her work in highly rated economics and finance journals. Galina is a director of the CEBRA’s IFM program and a co-director of the UCSC Center for Analytical Finance (CAFIN). Galina has been recently working on ways economists can inform policymakers on how to make the food system more sustainable. She serves on editorial boards of a number of Economics journals and on multiple boards and committees in animal welfare and animal agriculture space.
Peter Midmore has practised as an agricultural economist for 39 years, originally working on economic impact studies using input-output analysis, but in recent years using qualitative and mixed method styles of inquiry. He has performed advisory roles and undertaken project work for a range of national and international authorities, including the Welsh and Scottish Governments, the UK Government, EU, and OECD. His experience is international in scope, including Africa, Asia, and Europe. Recent project and academic work focused on the impact of agricultural science and, latterly, the resilience of farms and farming systems. He was President of the Agricultural Economics Society from 2017-18, and continues to play an active role in this and other learned societies.
Ms. Vahini Naidu is the Programme Coordinator of the Trade for Development Programme of the South Centre. Prior to joining the South Centre, she was an international trade negotiator for the Department of Trade and Industry in South Africa covering regional and multilateral trade negotiations. Her trade negotiating areas include trade in services, e-commerce and the digital economy, development and Special and Differential Treatment, Domestic Regulation and Rules of Origin in Services. She was a diplomat at the South African Permanent Mission to the WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master of Commerce Degree from the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business