John Baffes is a Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Prospects Group where he contribute to the Commodity Markets Outlook—a World Bank publication that delves into comprehensive commodity market analysis and price forecasts. In that capacity, he manage the World Bank’s commodity price database (also known as the “Pink Sheet”) and commodity price forecasting process. Over the years he have garnered extensive experience by working across various Units within the World Bank, including Latin America, South Asia, East Africa, Evaluation, and Research. My expertise spans a diverse range of subjects, including economic development, agricultural economics, resource economics, and applied econometrics, leading me to be a frequent contributor to media outlets. John also share knowledge and insights as an instructor for an executive MBA course on Applied Econometrics for Commodity Markets. Prior to entering graduate school, he managed a commodity trading company. He hold degrees in Economics (BS, University of Athens, Greece), Agricultural Economics (MS, University of Georgia, U.S.), and Agricultural and Resource Economics (Ph.D., University of Maryland, U.S.).

John Baffes

Senior Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment, World Bank Group


Day 2 | 19 September 2023 | Keynote address: The financial implications of transitioning to a sustainable future