SeminarSpecial Seminar

Tue, Jan 23, 2024

88th CARF Special Seminar : Fireside Chat with Ajay Banga, President of the World Bank


Institute for Future Initiatives, The University of Tokyo
The World Bank


Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo
Center for Advanced Research in Finance, The University of Tokyo


Opening Remarks

Keisuke Iida, Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo


Open Conversation (Fireside chat)

Ajay Banga, President, World Bank Group
Naoko Ishii, Director, Center for Global Commons / Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives
Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives

President Banga has a strong sense of urgency about the damage to the global environment and the deepening rift between the Global South and the North. He is pushing for reform of the World Bank, believing that strengthening its response to international public goods such as climate change and pandemics is essential to overcoming the multiple crises facing humanity. Through this open dialogue with Professor Naoko Ishii, who is a leading advocate for strengthening the protection of the global commons, we would like to convey the importance of taking action to overcome the crises facing the world, not only to students at the University of Tokyo, but also to the youth of Japan at large.


Q&A Session

We welcome proactive questions from students.


Closing Remarks

Keisuke Iida, Dean, Graduate School of Public Policy, The University of Tokyo

Biography of Ajay Banga, President, World Bank Group

Ajay Banga, 14th President of the World Bank Group

Ajay Banga began his five-year term as World Bank Group President on June 2, 2023.

Ajay Banga most recently served as Vice Chairman at General Atlantic. Previously, he was President and CEO of Mastercard, a global organization with nearly 24,000 employees. Under his leadership, MasterCard launched the Center for Inclusive Growth, which advances equitable and sustainable economic growth and financial inclusion around the world. He was Honorary Chairman of the International Chamber of Commerce, serving as Chairman from 2020-2022. He became an advisor to General Atlantic’s climate-focused fund, BeyondNetZero, at its inception in 2021. Banga served as Co-Chair of the Partnership for Central America, a coalition of private organizations that works to advance economic opportunity across underserved populations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. He was previously on the Boards of the American Red Cross, Kraft Foods, and Dow Inc.

Ajay Banga is a co-founder of The Cyber Readiness Institute and was Vice Chair of the Economic Club of New York. He was awarded the Foreign Policy Association Medal in 2012, the Padma Shri Award by the President of India in 2016, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor and the Business Council for International Understanding’s Global Leadership Award in 2019, and the Distinguished Friends of Singapore Public Service Star in 2021.

Date and Time

2024.01.23(Tue.)12:00-13:00 (JST)


Ito Hall, Ito International Research Center, The University of Tokyo (Hongo)



Event details and  Registration

Institute for Future Initiatives