Progress towards a better world

  • Academic session, 10 June: Building Back Better – But on What Foundations?
  • Investor Session, 29 June: Positioning for the Next Normal

This is the third theme of the Franklin Templeton and Green Templeton College‘Navigating the COVID challenge’. Please click here for further information about this program.

Our panel of experts will review current economic foundations and how the pandemic is accelerating the shift towards a new model that recognises societal welfare and sustainability concerns alongside economic growth.


Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz

Nobel prize economist and University Professor
[Credit: Daniel Baud/Sydney Opera House]

  • Joseph E. Stiglitz is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is also the co-chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress at the OECD, and the Chief Economist of the Roosevelt Institute. A recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (2001) and the John Bates Clark Medal (1979), he is a former senior vice president and chief economist of the World Bank and a former member and chairman of the (US president's) Council of Economic Advisers.

    In 2000, Stiglitz founded the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, a think tank on international development based at Columbia University. He has been a member of the Columbia faculty since 2001 and received that university's highest academic rank (university professor) in 2003. In 2011 Stiglitz was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Known for his pioneering work on asymmetric information, Stiglitz's work focuses on income distribution, risk, corporate governance, public policy, macroeconomics and globalization. He is the author of numerous books, and several bestsellers.

    His most recent titles are People, Power, and Profits, Rewriting the Rules of the European Economy, Globalization and Its Discontents Revisited, The Euro and Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy.

Stephen Dover

Stephen Dover

Chief Market Strategist
Head of Franklin Templeton Investment Institute

  • As Franklin Templeton’s Chief Market Strategist and Head of the Franklin Templeton Investment Institute Stephen Dover leverages the knowledge of the firm’s autonomous investment teams to provide global capital market and long-term investment insights internally and to clients. The Franklin Templeton Investment Institute harnesses the depth and breadth of the firm’s global investment expertise and extensive in-house research capabilities to deliver unique investment insights to clients. Mr. Dover is a member of Franklin Resources' executive committee, a small group of the company's top leaders responsible for shaping the firm's overall strategy.

    Prior to his current role, Mr. Dover served as Executive Vice President, Head of Equities for Franklin Templeton, leading the firm's equity investment teams. He has also served as Chief Investment Officer of the firm’s Emerging Markets Equity group and local asset management teams. Previously, Mr. Dover was a founder and chief investment officer of Bradesco Templeton Asset Management (BTAM), a joint venture between Franklin Templeton and Banco Bradesco in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

    Prior to joining Franklin Templeton in 1997, Mr. Dover was a portfolio manager with Vanguard where he co-managed an equity income strategy. He also worked for Towers Perrin Consulting (now Willis Towers Watson) in New York, London and San Francisco.

    Over the course of his 40 years in the investment industry, Mr. Dover has lived in China, Europe, Brazil and the United States. Mr. Dover holds a B.A., with honors, from Lewis and Clark College and an M.B.A. in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder. Mr. Dover is on the Board of Trustees of Lewis and Clark College and Law School.

John Levy

John Levy

Director of Impact,
Franklin Real Asset Advisors

  • John Levy is the Director of Impact for Franklin Real Asset Advisors. He is responsible for the thoughtful integration of impact management into the Real Asset team’s investment processes. Mr. Levy manages a framework which covers impact goal-setting, measurement, evaluation and reporting. Prior to his current role, Mr. Levy was director of manager research for Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions. Mr. Levy began working for Franklin Templeton in 2005 as an intern. He later joined the company's Futures Program and took a position with Franklin Templeton Solutions in 2008, and Franklin Real Asset Advisors in 2018. Mr. Levy holds a B.A. in economics and political science from Bucknell University (2005). He graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in economics. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder.

Mary Jane McQuillen

Mary Jane McQuillen

Portfolio Manager & Head of ESG,
Clearbridge (a Franklin Templeton Specialized Investment Manager)

  • Mary Jane McQuillen is a Portfolio Manager and the Head of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Investment Program at ClearBridge Investments. Mary Jane co-manages the ClearBridge Sustainability Leaders Strategy, as well as a number of other active equity ESG strategies. She has been with the ESG program at a predecessor firm since 1996 and has 24 years of investment industry experience, and is a member of the ClearBridge Investments Proxy Committee.

    Mary Jane is a member of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) Listed Equities Steering Committee and the ESG Integration Sub-Committee. Mary Jane serves on the Board of Directors for both Net Impact and the Sustainable Investments Institute (Si2). She also serves on the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Advisory Committee for the Listed Equities Working Group and on the Advisory Board for "The Journal of Impact & ESG Investing."

    In 2015, Mary Jane was named to the "Women Worth Watching" list for Financial Services. In 2008, Mary Jane was named a "Rising Star of Corporate Governance" by the Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance at the Yale School of Management. She is also a member of Bpeace, a volunteer organization that works to introduce sustainable business skills to women in Rwanda, Afghanistan, El Salvador and Guatemala.

    Mary Jane received her MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School. She holds a BS in Finance from Fordham University.

David Zahn, CFA, FRM

Head of European Fixed Income
Franklin Templeton Fixed Income Franklin Templeton

  • David Zahn is the senior vice president and head of European fixed income for Franklin Templeton Fixed Income - Global Sovereign and Emerging Market Debt in London, United Kingdom. Mr. Zahn is responsible for leading the management of European fixed income strategies, and several global aggregate and global government fixed income portfolios.Mr. Zahn has over 26 years of experience in financial services. He is a member of the Fixed Income Research and Strategy Team (FIRST), which sets broad fixed income strategy at Franklin Templeton. Prior to his current role, Mr. Zahn was a senior portfolio manager for Citigroup Asset Management. Mr. Zahn joined Franklin Templeton in 2006 as a senior vice president and portfolio manager.Mr. Zahn holds a bachelor of science in business administration from University of Maine, a master of arts in war in the modern world from King's College London, and a MBA in finance from University of Connecticut. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder, a qualified Financial Risk Manager (FRM), and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder.

Watch Again


Building Back Better – But on what Foundations?

Watch again the academic lecture provided by Professor Joseph Stiglitz.

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Positioning Portfolios for the Next Normal

Watch again the interview with Professor Joseph Stiglitz followed by a panel debate with our investment teams.

Watch Replay

Other Sessions

Under the overall theme “The Way Forward: Navigating the COVID challenge”, the program will focus on different aspects, ranging from framing the coronavirus challenge to key lessons for recovery strategies to measuring the actual progress towards a better future these strategies deliver. Each of the three academic sessions, will be followed by an investor panel.

Key Lessons for Recovery Strategies

Academic session, 10 March: Key lessons from COVID for recovery strategies

Investor session, 23 March: Sustainable Investment strategies in a post-Covid landscape

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Framing the CoVid Challenge

Academic session, 27 January: Insights from scenario planning and from earlier pandemics

Investor session, 9 February: Investing in the ‘new normal’

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