17h30 Ouverture de la cérémonie
17h40 Présentation de la Lauréate
Prof. Philippe Gillet, Vice-président pour les affaires académiques de L'EPFL
17h50 Conférence de la Lauréate
18h10 Remise du prix
Prof. Karen Scrivener, Présidente de la Fondation EPFL-WISH
18h20 Table ronde avec invité spécial,
Monsieur Yves Daccord, Directeur général du Comité international de la Croix-Rouge
Esther Duflo is a French economist, Cofounder and Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Her research focuses on microeconomic issues in developing countries, including household behavior, education, access to finance, health and policy evaluation. Esther Duflo completed her undergraduate studies at École Normale Supérieure in Paris in 1994, received a master's degree from Paris School of Economics, jointly with École Normale Supérieure in 1995, and completed a PhD in Economics at MIT in 1999. Upon completing her PhD, she was appointed assistant professor (with tenure) of Economics at MIT in 2002, at the age of 29, making her among the youngest faculty at MIT to be awarded tenure.
Esther has received numerous academic honors and prizes including the American Economic Association's Elaine Bennett Prize for Research (2003), the "Best French Young Economist Prize" (Le Monde/Cercle des économistes, 2005), the Médaille de Bronze (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2005), the Prix Luc Durand-Reville (Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques, 2008), a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), and the John Bates Clark Medal (2010). During 2008 to 2009, she was the inaugural holder of the international chair "Knowledge Against Poverty" at the Collège de France. In 2011, she was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World”. Then, in 2012 Duflo was picked by Foreign Policy magazine as one of its Top 100 Global Thinkers. As of 2013, she was nominated by US President Barack Obama to help shape US global development policy.