Can the world cooperate?

Online talk
Open to the public
May 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has put structures of international cooperation to the test, while highlighting the need for multilateral collaboration to effectively address global challenges.

Join Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Chair of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, and Professor Adam Tooze, the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University, for a discussion on whether (and how) international cooperation will be possible in the post-COVID-19 world.

Please note: This event will take place online via Zoom and be streamed live on our YouTube channel. Please register using the form below and you will be emailed a link with instructions on how to watch the event nearer the time.

About the speakers

Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation, which has immunised 580 million children globally since 2000. She is also Senior Adviser at Lazard, Chair of the Board of the African Union's African Risk Capacity, and co-Chair of the Commission on the New Climate Economy. She served twice as Nigeria’s Finance Minister (2003–2006 and 2011–2015), and briefly as Foreign Minister in 2006 – the first woman to hold both positions. Prior to that, she was Managing Director of the World Bank, having spent a 25-year career there as a development economist. Dr Okonjo-Iweala sits on numerous boards and advisory groups and has been listed as one of the 50 Greatest World Leaders (Fortune, 2015), the Top 100 Most Influential People in the World (TIME, 2014), the Top 100 Global Thinkers (Foreign Policy, 2011 and 2012), and the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the World (Forbes, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).

Professor Adam Tooze is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of History at Columbia University and serves as Director of the European Institute. Prior to this, Professor Tooze held the Barton M Biggs Professorship at Yale University, where he was Director of International Security Studies. His latest book, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World has been described as 'most likely, the most remarkable nonfiction book which will be published in 2018...A magisterial (economic) history of the last 10 years.' Professor Tooze’s previous books include Statistics and the German State: The Making of Modern Economic Knowledge, Wages of Destruction: The Making and Breaking of the Nazi Economy, and Deluge: The Great War and the Remaking of the Global Order 1916–1931. For these books, he has won the Leverhulme prize fellowship, the H-Soz-Kult Historisches Buch Prize, the Longman History Today Prize, the Wolfson Prize and the LA Times History Prize. His books have featured in the book of the year lists of the Financial Times, LA Times, Kirkus Review, Foreign Affairs and the Economist, and have been translated into eleven languages.