Otaviano Canuto, Ph.D., former World Bank Executive Director, will virtually present “Economic Development Challenges in a Post-Pandemic Era” on March 31 at 4 p.m.
Former World Bank Executive Director Otaviano Canuto, Ph.D., to speak March 31
Mar 24, 2021, by Staff Writer
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SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Bryant University will welcome former Executive Director of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund Otaviano Canuto, Ph.D., as keynote speaker for the final event in the Spring Honors Program Speaker Series. His talk on the “Economic Development Challenges in a Post-Pandemic Era” will take place virtually on March 31 at 4 p.m. via Zoom. This event is free and open to the Bryant community and to the public.

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Otaviano Canuto is a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. His experience includes fifteen years as Vice President, Executive Director, and Senior Advisor in Multilateral institutions, including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). Canuto’s long experience includes a period as Deputy Minister for International Affairs in Brazil’s Ministry of Finance and as a Professor of Economics.

The Honors Program Speaker Series is an opportunity for students to learn from expert speakers on important topics including leadership, innovation, and complex problem solving.

Spring Speaker Series

The Honors Program Speaker Series provides opportunities for students to learn from expert speakers on important topics including leadership, innovation, and complex problem solving.

The spring 2021 Honors Program Speaker Series, a series of three events, began on Feb. 10 with Briana Trifiro ’17, ’18 MA, a second-year doctoral student in the Division of Emerging Media Studies at Boston University’s College of Communication, presenting on “Social Media & Cultural Impact.” On March 3, Jose Batiste '11, Esq, an attorney specializing in immigration law, spoke to Bryant students about “Racial Injustice & Immigration.”

About the Bryant Honors Program

The Bryant Honors Program fosters a community of exceptional students and mentors who inspire one another to excel. In addition to a focus on academic excellence, the four-year program also cultivates a sense of civic responsibility and hones key leadership skills. Through a commitment to scholarship, service, success, and self-awareness, the program creates an environment that sparks students’ curiosity – and enhances both their personal lives and professional futures.

About Bryant University

For 158 years, Bryant University has been at the forefront of delivering an exceptional education that anticipates the future and prepares students to be innovative leaders of character in a changing world. Bryant delivers an innovative and uniquely integrated business and liberal arts education that inspires students to excel. With approximately 3,700 graduate and undergraduate students from 38 states and 49 countries, Bryant is recognized as a leader in international education and regularly receives top rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Money, Bloomberg Businessweek, Wall Street Journal, and Barron's. Visit

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