Sylvia Chant is Professor of Development Geography at the London School of Economics. She has worked in Costa Rica, Mexico, The Philippines and The Gambia on a range of issues relating to gender and development, including migration, poverty, employment, household livelihood strategies, lone parenthood, youth, and men and masculinities.

Lori Beaman is a Ph.D Candidate in Economics at Yale University. Her research is in the areas of development, gender and labor economics.

Rohini Pande is the Mohamed Kamal Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Her research focuses on the economic analysis of the politics and consequences of different forms of redistribution, principally in developing countries.

Esther Duflo is the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She specializes in development economics and the design and evaluation of effective anti-poverty policy. She has studied household behaviour, educational choice and returns to education, decentralization, industrial organization in developing countries, and credit constraints.

Petia Topalova is an economist at the International Monetary Fund. Her research studies the social impact of macroeconomic policies, gender issues and financial services for the poor in developing countries.

Elizabeth Powley directs The Initiative for Inclusive Security's Rwanda Project, which provides research and training support to Rwandan women leaders. Elizabeth’s technical expertise is in conflict analysis, democracy and governance, civil society development, and gender issues. She has a Master’s degree (MA) from American University’s School of International Service.

Leslie Schwindt-Bayer is Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Mississippi. Her research interests include Latin America, political institutions, and gender and politics.