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The joint World Bank-IMF Development Committee will address the media at the close of the 2014 Annual Meetings.
This event will focus on the links between economic growth, structural transformation and poverty reduction in Africa. In particular, what can the data tell us about how growth in different sectors of the economy translates into poverty reduction?
This event will be an open forum on illicit financial flows within the context of development financing.
Tune in for the plenary sessions of the second annual Youth Summit. This year's event will focus on increased youth engagement in issues relating to government transparency, accountability, and collaborative governance.
What can Latin American countries do to reduce inequalities and increase opportunities for the most vulnerable citizens? How can these countries promote economic growth that guarantees universal access to quality public services?
More than 1 billion people still live in poverty and the gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ is growing in many developing nations. Join Chinese talk show host Yang Lan for a conversation on the issue with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu.
Securing good jobs for youth is a global priority. Tune in for a global initiative that addresses the pervasive challenge of youth employment and underemployment.
How can governments capture and channel revenues from resource wealth into smart investments? Join a discussion on channeling revenues from extractive industries—oil, gas and mining—to end poverty through diversified growth and development.
The Global Monitoring Report details Millennium Development Goals progress, analyzes efforts to reduce poverty, improve schooling, reduce maternal and child mortality, and ensure safe water and sanitation.
Join International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde and World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim as they engage with representatives from global Civil Society Organizations in an interactive town hall event.
Join leaders from the three West African countries most-affected by the Ebola crisis to discuss the critical issues, needs, and possible solutions to address the impacts of the crisis.
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim will address the press during the World Bank’s 2014 Annual Meetings.
This event will focus on avenues African policymakers can pursue to increase economic growth for broad segments of their societies. Challenges to be discussed include rapid urbanization of the continent, and difficulties in generating new sources of growth.
This event will launch the 2014 Policy Research Report: A Measured Approach to Ending Poverty and Boosting Shared Prosperity, explaining the options for most accurately measuring progress on the World Bank Group’s twin goals.
South Asia has often described as a land of extremes, with opulent palaces surrounded by unbelievable poverty. Is that still the case today? And if so, what should be done (and not done) about it?”
How can economic growth benefit more people? Why and how should the public and private sectors work more closely together to create the conditions for inclusive growth? Join us for a live-streamed discussion on transforming economies to benefit the poor.
Join us for a panel to discuss how the international community can achieve better results in the creation of more and better jobs, particularly for vulnerable workers such as women and youth.
How can a city become a place where people are healthy and prosperous, opportunities exist for the urban poor, and policies address crime and violence? Can new technologies make governments more accountable to citizens?
World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim reports on the Bank Group's progress and plans for next year during the October 10 plenary session of the Annual Meetings in Washington DC.
This event will engage high-level representatives of Ministries, the United Nations, the private sector, bilateral agencies, foundations, CSOs, and other development partners to explore how to facilitate an effective launch of the post-2015 agenda.
What will it take to double the current share of renewables in the global energy mix? Tune in for a discussion on what governments, business and development partners need to do to shift the needle on renewables while balancing environmental and equity issues.
How will we feed 9 billion people by 2050, in the face of environmental challenges? Hear from a high-level expert panel on how a move toward climate-smart agriculture, more integrated landscapes and seascapes, and more sustainable supply chains can help ensure food for the future.
This event will examine how digital identity can help developing countries leapfrog to more efficient 21st century systems. It will also explore effective ways donors and development partners can assist countries in building these systems.
Tune in for a lively debate with policymakers, researchers, business people and civil society members to discuss the way forward in addressing unemployment problems in the Middle East & North Africa.
This event aims to raise awareness of the need to ramp up financing in areas affected by conflict and fragility while considering the World Bank Group’s role as a convener of finance across a range of instruments.
This panel discussion will explore the emerging importance of global value chains (GVCs) in global trade and the implications of that rise for low-income countries. No longer is trade as simple as manufacturing a product in one country and selling it to another.
More than 1 billion people still live in poverty and the gap between ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ is growing in many developing nations. Join Chinese talk show host Yang Lan for a conversation on the issue with World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim and World Bank Chief Economist Kaushik Basu.
Complete Participant List.
The conference will be opened by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, and chaired by Caroline Anstey, World Bank Managing Director. Jay Naidoo, Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), will be the featured speaker.
Alexander B. Howard
Alexander B. Howard is the Government 2.0 Washington Correspondent for O'Reilly Media, where he writes about the intersection of government, the Internet and society, including how technology is being used to help citizens, cities, and national governments solve large-scale problems. He is an authority on the use of collaborative technology in enterprises, social media and digital journalism. He has written and reported extensively on open innovation, open data, open source software and open government technology. He has contributed to the National Journal, Forbes, the Huffington Post, Govfresh, ReadWriteWeb, Mashable, CBS News' What's Trending, Govloop, Governing People, the Association for Computer Manufacturing and the Atlantic, amongst others. Prior to joining O’Reilly, Mr. Howard was the associate editor of SearchCompliance.com and WhatIs.com at TechTarget, where he wrote about how the laws and regulations that affect information technology are changing, spanning the issues of online identity, data protection, risk management, electronic privacy and cybersecurity. He is a graduate of Colby College in Waterville, Maine.
Session 1 – Visioning: Citizen Engagement
Dr. Jim Yong Kim
Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., became the 12th President of the World Bank Group on July 1, 2012.
A physician and anthropologist, Dr. Kim has dedicated himself to international development for more than two decades, helping to improve the lives of under-served populations worldwide. Dr. Kim comes to the Bank after serving as President of Dartmouth College, a pre-eminent center of higher education that consistently ranks among the top academic institutions in the United States. Dr. Kim is a co-founder of Partners In Health (PIH) and a former director of the HIV/AIDS Department at the World Health Organization (WHO).
As President of Dartmouth – an institution that comprises a liberal arts college and professional schools of medicine, engineering and business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences, a staff and faculty of 3,300, and a budget of $700 million – Dr. Kim earned praise for reducing a financial deficit without cutting any academic programs. Dr. Kim also founded the Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science, a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to developing new models of health care delivery and achieving better health outcomes at lower costs.
Before assuming the Dartmouth presidency, Dr. Kim held professorships and chaired departments at Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston. He also served as director of Harvard’s François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights.
In 1987, Dr. Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a Boston-based non-profit organization now working in poor communities on 4 continents. Challenging previous conventional wisdom that drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS could not be treated in developing countries, PIH successfully tackled these diseases by integrating large-scale treatment programs into community-based primary care.
As Director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS Department, Dr. Kim led the ‘3 by 5’ initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which sought to treat 3 million new HIV/AIDS patients in developing countries with antiretroviral drugs by 2005. Launched in September 2003, the ambitious program ultimately reached its goal by 2007.
Dr. Kim’s work has earned him wide recognition. He was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship (2003), was named one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report (2005), and was selected as one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World” (2006).
Born in 1959 in Seoul, South Korea, Dr. Kim moved with his family to the United States at the age of five and grew up in Muscatine, Iowa. Dr. Kim graduated with an A.B. magna cum laude from Brown University in 1982. He earned an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1991 and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University in 1993.
He is married to Dr. Younsook Lim, a pediatrician. The couple has two young sons.
Jay Naidoo is Chair of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Partnership Council of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) headquartered in Geneva and launched at the 2002 UN Summit on Children as a public private partnership to tackle malnutrition facing 2 billion people in the world. He is the founder of the social development arm of an investment and management company, J&J Group, which he co-founded in 2000 in South Africa.
Jay Naidoo has recently joined the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation established to promote African development through a focus on promoting good governance. He serves in an advisory capacity for a number of international organizations including the Broadband Commission of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Lead Committee of the UNSG on Nutrition. He is the Patron of ‘Scatterlings of Africa’ a paleontological foundation linking archaeological sites across Africa.
From 1994 to 1999, Jay was the Minister responsible for South Africa’s Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) in the Office of the President before becoming the Communications Minister in Nelson Mandela’s Cabinet. He was the founding General Secretary of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) where he served three terms (1985 to 1993).He was at the forefront of the struggle against apartheid leading the largest trade union federation in South Africa.
From 2001-2010, Jay was Chairperson of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), the premier development finance institution driving infrastructure in the SADC region. From 2003 -2010 he serves as deputy chair and trustee of ‘Lovelife’, a nongovernmental organisation leading the fight to prevent HIV/AID through education and mobilization.
Jay Naidoo started studying a BSc at the University of Durban Westville in 1975 to be a medical doctor but his studies were interrupted by the political turmoil at the time because of student uprisings. He became active in SASO the South African Students Organisation that was banned in 1977 just after its leader Steve Biko was murdered in police detention.
Jay was the recipient of, among other awards, the Chevalier de la Légiond’Honneur (Legion of Honour), one of France’s highest decorations, and received the ‘Drivers for Change Award’ from the Southern African Trust and Mail & Guardian newspaper in Oct 2010. He has recently returned to full time voluntary work, and publishes a blog at www.jaynaidoo.org. Jay’s recently published autobiography, ‘Fighting for Justice’, is available in leading SA bookstores.
Married to Lucie Pagé, a French Canadian writer and journalist. Jay considers his three children, Shanti, Kami and Léandre, his greatest achievement.
Jean- Claude KibalaN’Kolde
Jean-Claude Kibala N’Kolde was appointed Minister of the Civil Service in the Democratic Republic in April 2012. As Minister he has proactively incorporated citizen voices into the work of the ministry, using a wide range of technologies to interact with citizens and to gather their feedback.
Prior to his appointment, the Minister was a Member of Parliament for the Mewenga, South Kivu, and from 2008 to 2012 Deputy Governor of South Kivu. From 2006-7 he worked as an independent consultant specialized in renewable energy, water treatment infrastructure and civil engineering. During his career he has also managed various construction projects in German y including work on the Cologne/Bonn airports high speed train link. The Minister is a qualified civil engineer specialized in railway construction with degrees from Munich University, Germany.
As the Regional Manager of Uwezo, Sara first started working with the Uwezo Kenya Office in 2008 before moving to the Regional Office in 2010. Sara’s chief responsibility is to steer an effective Uwezo in East Africa. Prior to joining Uwezo, Sara was a lecturer at Kenyatta University for more than fifteen years; a period during which she emerged as a key researcher in primary education and school reform. Alarmed at the growing inequity in her region, Sara has continued to conduct research and use evidence to magnify issues, writing extensively on the educational disadvantages of domestic child workers, children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS, and pastoralist minorities. She serves as an advisor to a number of projects that are experimenting on the best approaches to improve education and enhance learning, especially at the foundational levels. Sara believes that strong public school systems are key to unblocking the continued entrenchment of social inequity in the region. True to the fact that Sara comes from a ‘running’ nation, she makes at attempt to participate in at least two half marathons each year, and climb at least one mountain a year. In between, dancing is fun!
Session 2 – Interactive Panel
As Managing Director, Caroline Anstey has special responsibility for ensuring the World Bank Group’s internal operations, policies and systems are designed and aligned to maximize impact, continuing her commitment to make the Bank an open, results-based and effective organization. She also has responsibility for coordinating work on gender, fragile and conflict affected states, as well as innovation and the science of delivery in development, in line with President Jim Yong Kim’s commitment to work with countries to collect, analyze and distribute practical knowledge to boost development results. Caroline is also chairing the 17th replenishment for the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, IDA.
A UK national, Caroline Anstey, joined the World Bank in 1995 after an earlier career in politics and journalism. She worked as Political Assistant to the Rt. Hon. James Callaghan MP, and as Editor of the BBC weekly current affairs program "Analysis". Caroline also served as Secretariat member of the InterAction Council, a group of former Heads of Government that develops recommendations on political, economic, and social issues. Caroline holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from Nuffield College, Oxford.
Since 1995, Caroline has worked in various positions in the World Bank including Country Director for the Caribbean; Director of Media Relations and Chief Spokesperson; and Assistant and Speechwriter to World Bank President, James D. Wolfensohn. In November 2007, she was appointed by President Robert B. Zoellick to the position of World Bank Chief of Staff. Then in July 2010, Caroline was appointed as Vice President, External Affairs. She held that position until her appointment as Managing Director in September 2011.
David is founder and Chief Executive of Keystone. Over the past three decades, as a grantmaker and manager with Aga Khan Foundation, Ford Foundation, Oak Foundation, and Ashoka, David has sought to evolve and test innovative approaches to strengthening citizen self-organization for sustainable development as an alternative to prevailing bureaucratic, top-down models of social service delivery and social value creation.
While with the Ford Foundation, he was declared persona non grata by the apartheid government in South Africa. In 1990 he returned to South Africa and entrepreneured the development of key building blocks for civil society, including the first nonprofit internet service provider, the national association of NGOs, the national association of grantmakers, and enabling reforms to the regulatory and tax framework for not-for-profit organisations that were among the first laws passed by the newly elected Mandela government.
Mr. Heyes is a member of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) forestry investment team, and is responsible for environmental, social, and governance matters in the forestry portfolio, as well as portfolio company monitoring, investment strategy, and value creation. He first joined GEF in 2007 as the firm’s ESG Officer, supporting each of GEF’s funds.
Prior to joining GEF, Mr. Heyes worked for the New England Forestry Foundation, where he founded and directed a community-based forestry and economic development initiative known as North Quabbin Woods. He also worked for two years at Heyes Forest Products, his family’s sawmill in western Massachusetts.
Mr. Heyes studied community-based forestry in the Philippines as a Fulbright Scholar in 1997. He has a BA in Geology and Environmental Studies from Williams College and a Master of Public Affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School with a focus on environment and international development. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Nathan Eagle is the co-founder and CEO of Jana (formerly txteagle), a company that helps global brands connect directly with people in emerging growth markets via mobile phones. Jana rewards consumers with mobile airtime in return for taking market research surveys and trying out new products. Jana’s mobile airtime rewards platform has been integrated into the back-end systems of hundreds of mobile operators, enabling the instant monetary compensation of billions of consumers in 70 local currencies. Today Jana is helping global clients in over 50 countries, including P&G, Unilever, Danone, General Mills, Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Microsoft, the World Bank, and the United Nations.
In addition to being CEO of Jana, Eagle is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Harvard University. His research involves engineering computational tools, designed to explore how the petabytes of data generated about human movements, financial transactions, and communication patterns can be used for social good.
In 2012, Wired named Eagle one of the ’50 people who will change the world’ and the Market Research Society awarded him the President’s Medal. Eagle has been elected to MIT’s TR35, a group of the world’s top innovators under 35, and currently serves on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Data Driven Development. In recognition of his work with the World Bank on mobile crowdsourcing, Eagle was awarded the prestigious Kiel Global Economy Prize alongside Nobel Laureates Daniel Kahneman and MarttiAhtisaari.
Eagle holds a BS and two MS degrees from Stanford’s School of Engineering; his PhD from the MIT Media Laboratory founded the field of ‘Reality Mining’ and was declared one of the ’10 technologies most likely to change the way we live’ by the MIT Technology Review. His academic work has been published in venues including Science and PNAS; and Eagle has been regularly featured in the popular press including the BBC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Economist, the Financial Times, the Atlantic, and CNN.
Sanjay serves as President & CEO of WaterHealth International. He joined WHI in 2009, bringing extensive experience in emerging markets of infrastructure development and management in a global context. He founded the THOT Capital Group in 2001, a private equity firm based in New York that invested in energy assets. Previously, Sanjay served as a CEO of Enron Broadband Services for the Middle East and Asia, based in Singapore, and prior to that he was the Chairman and CEO of Enron South Asia, developing large scale power, gas and telecom infrastructure. Sanjay started his career with Schlumberger, where he served as an engineer and manager in several Asian and European countries.
Sanjay received an MBA with Honors from the Harvard Business School, a Master’s degree in Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction from the Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi, India.
Sanjay has and continues to hold leadership roles with organizations such as: the Global Agenda Council on Water, World Economic Forum; Advisory Board on Water, University of Alberta, Canada; Senior Fellow, University of Southern California; Director Emeritus, US India Business Council (USIBC) affiliate of the US Chamber of Commerce, Washington DC; Director, Punj Lloyd Construction Company, India; Director, Emco, India; Former Director,AIESEC International; Former President, American Chamber of Commerce in India (1999-2001); Member, YPO/WPO; Chairman, Infrastructure Committee, Confederation of Indian Industry (2000).
Session 3 – Lunch and Sidetalks
Robert G. Markey, Jr.
Rob Markey is a partner in Bain & Company’s New York office and global leader of the firm’s Customer Strategy and Marketing practice. He joined Bain in 1990, and has led assignments in the financial services, telecom, retailing, media, professional services, health care, building equipment and food processing industries.
As head of the firm’s Customer Strategy and Marketing practice, Mr. Markey is an expert in customer and employee loyalty, new product development and customer service strategies. He has extensive experience with direct marketing, new customer acquisition and cost reduction for clients in the retail banking, credit card and insurance businesses.
Mr. Markey leads the NPS Loyalty Forum, a group of approximately 35 senior executives from loyalty-leading companies around the world, such as The Vanguard Group, American Express, Qantas, Westpac, TD Bank, LEGO, Progressive Insurance, PwC and Intuit. He has published numerous articles on various aspects of customer experience and loyalty in publications such as the Harvard Business Review. He is the co-author of The Ultimate Question 2.0: How Net Promoter Companies Thrive in a Customer-Driven World, by Harvard Business Review Press, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller.
Prior to joining Bain, he developed competitive strategy, led business development and served in product marketing for LEXIS/NEXIS and the IBM Corporation.
Mr. Markey earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is a graduate of Brown University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Mr. Markey helped found and for nearly a decade served on the Board of Directors of City Year New York.
Dr. Stuart W. Shulman is the founder and CEO of Texifter, LLC and an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is the founder of the Qualitative Data Analysis Program (QDAP) at the University of Pittsburgh and the current Director of QDAP-UMass. Dr. Shulman is the Associate Director of the National Center for Digital Government and Editor Emeritus of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics.
Dr. Shulman is the sole inventor of the Coding Analysis Toolkit (CAT), a free, open source, Web-based text analysis software project, as well as the Public Comment Analysis toolkit (PCAT), and a new analytic network known as DiscoverText. The QDAP labs are fee-for-service coding labs that work on projects previously funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Mental Health (NIMH), the Smithsonian, and other U.S. funding agencies. Dr. Shulman has been the Principal Investigator and Project Director on National Science Foundation-funded research projects focusing on electronic rulemaking, human language technologies, manual annotation, digital citizenship, and service-learning efforts in the United States.
As Director of the NSF-funded eRulemaking Research Group, Dr. Shulman has organized and chaired federal agency-level electronic rulemaking workshops at the Council for Excellence in Government (2001), the National Defense University (2002), the National Science Foundation (2003 & 2006), and The George Washington University (2004). In 2006, he chaired a NSF-funded workshop at the University of Pittsburgh titled "Coding across the Disciplines," which brought social and computer scientists together to discuss annotation and computational science. He has recently chaired workshops on YouTube and the 2008 Election in the United States (2009), the Politics of Open Source (2010), and The Future of Computational Social Science (2011).
For six years, Dr. Shulman was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, and he currently serves as Editor Emeritus. He was the 2004-2005 President of the American Political Science Association's organized section on Information Technology & Politics and for three years was Editor of the section newsletter, The ITP News. Stu is a former Oregon Tilth certified organic farmer and garlic enthusiast who teaches courses on American national government, environmental policy, sprawl, information technology, qualitative research methods, digital citizenship, governance, and service-learning. In the fall of 2009, he launched a software start-up, Texifter, LLC, which aims to help individuals, organizations, and crowds when they are archiving, filtering, searching, classifying, and analyzing large numbers of documents. He holds a Bachelor's degree from Boston University (Political Science and English) and a Ph.D. from the University of Oregon (Political Science).
Session 4 – Lightning Talks
Micah L. Sifry is a co-founder and editor of the Personal Democracy Forum, a daily website and annual conference on how technology is changing politics. He is also the editor of PdF’s new group blog TechPresident, which focuses on how the campaigns are using the web and how the web is using them.
Along with his partner Andrew Rasiej, he consults on how political organizations, campaigns, non-profits and media entities can adapt to and thrive in a networked world. Current clients include the Sunlight Foundation, the Campaign for America’s Future, and Air America.
From 1997 to 2006, he worked closely with Public Campaign, a non-profit, non-partisan organization focused on comprehensive campaign finance reform, as its senior analyst. Prior to that, Micah was an editor and writer with The Nation magazine for thirteen years.
He is the author or editor of four books, the most recent being Is That a Politician in Your Pocket? (John Wiley & Sons, 2004), written with Nancy Watzman. He is also an adjunct professor at the Political Science Department of the City University of New York/Graduate Center, where he teaches a course called “Writing Politics.” His personal blog is at micah.sifry.com.
Craig Newmark is the founder of craigslist, the web-based platform that has fundamentally changed classified advertising. Since its founding in 1995, craigslist has become one of the world’s 10 most-visited English language web platforms. Today there are craigslist websites virtually everywhere and serving every continent on earth (except Antarctica). Craigslist provides users with mostly free advertising opportunities, and is meant to allow people to help each other with basic needs like housing and jobs. It is based on a culture of trust, encouraging participants to play an active role in policing the information that is shared on the site. In March 2011 Craig launched craigconnects, his initiative to link up everyone on the planet using social media to bear witness to good efforts and encourage the same behavior in others. Craigconnects seeks to support technology and platforms that enhance connectivity, help more people and organizations do good in the world, and improve and ensure media integrity.
Ana Guerrini, Manager, Rio de Janeiro 311 Services
Ana Guerrini is the manager of Rio de Janeiro 311 Services (1476). Created in March 2011, the demand for the service has gowned exponentially, receiving millions of calls on a yearly basis. Ana has managed the implementation of web and mobile services for the follow up of complaints and services, and has launched the project that adopts Open311 standards by Rio de Janeiro Municipality. Ana holds a PhD in technology and society from the Open University of Catalonia (UOC).
Luther Lowe (@lutherlowe) joined Yelp in February 2008 and serves as the Director of Public Policy. In this role, he works to educate policy makers about the important role Yelp plays in connecting consumers with great local businesses. He meets often with policy makers across the U.S. and Europe and works closely with the different divisions within Yelp to develop and execute products and best practices that further speak to the needs of local businesses. Previously, Luther worked as a Special Assistant to retired General Wesley Clark. He holds a B.A. in government from The College of William & Mary.
Mr. Robert R. Hunja is the Manager of the Open Government Practicein the World Bank Institute. Mr. Hunja, a lawyer by training and Kenyan by nationality, has been working in the public procurement and governance arena for over 17 years. He has worked at the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) during the development of the UNCITRAL Model Law on Procurement of Goods, Works and Services. He joined the World Bank in 1995 where he worked in the Legal Department before being appointed Manager of the Bank’s Procurement Policy group. In 2006, Mr. Hunja went on external service from the World Bank and joined the Government of Kenya where he helped establish the Public Procurement Oversight Authority and was its first Director General. He returned to the World Bank in September 2008 and was an Operations Advisor in the Africa Region before taking up his current position at the WBI.
Session 5 – Debate
Jeff Thindwa manages the World Bank Institute’s work on social accountability. A Malawi national, Jeff joined the World Bank in 2000 as a Senior Social Development Specialist and later became Team Leader for the Participation and Civic Engagement Group. In these roles, he helped design and implement mechanisms to enhance participation of stakeholders in the Bank’s project cycle, social accountability to promote transparency and accountability, and dialogue with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to improve the quality of World Bank’s policies.
From 2007 to 2009 he served as co-Team Leader of the Bank’s Global Civil Society team in the External Affairs department. This work involved providing institutional guidance to broaden and deepen World Bank engagement with civil society organizations. Jeff subsequently moved to the Bank’s South Asia department as Senior Social Development Specialist, where he was Task Team Leader for the Program for Accountability in Nepal. He advised operations team son how to integrate social accountability mechanisms in World Bank project. He took up his current position in the World Bank institute in December 2011.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Jeff worked for 17 years in the NGO community, which included leading the creation of the Council for Non-Governmental Organizations in Malawi – CONGOMA, the NGO umbrella organization. Until 2000, he was Director of International Programs for World Vision, UK. He began his career as a Legal Aid Attorney, and studied political economy of development and European Union Law at the London School of Economics, and Political Science and London’s King’s College respectively.
Sean Martin McDonald is the CEO of FrontlineSMS's social enterprise, the Social Impact Lab Community Interest Company, and the Founder of the FrontlineSMS:Legal Project. Sean joined FrontlineSMS in 2010 and leads the day-to-day operation, strategic growth, and project-driven application of FrontlineSMS. Sean has worked at MetroStar Systems, International Relief & Development, Inc., the United States Agency for International Development, the Public International Law and Policy Group, the Center for Peacebuilding International, and the Office of Senator Barbara Mikulski. Sean currently serves on the Board of Directors of International Peace Park Expeditions, the Social Impact Lab Foundation, and the Social Impact Lab Community Interest Company. He is an affiliate with Harvard University's Berkman Center and an advisor to UNDP, the Clinton Global Initiative, TechChange, and Digital Democracy. Sean is a lawyer, barred in New York. He holds a J.D. and an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Magazine Journalism, Government, and Spanish at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Michael Woolcok is Lead Social Development Specialist with the Development Research Group, and a Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. His research draws on a range of methods to study the role of social institutions in the survival and mobility strategies of marginalized groups, and the way in which these institutions are shaped by the development process, in the present as well as historically. He is a co-founder of the Bank's Justice for the Poor program (a ten-country program of operational research on justice institutions from a user's perspective), and contributed to both the 2000/01 and 2006 World Development Reports. From 2007-2009 he was on external service leave as Professor of Social Science and Development Policy at the University of Manchester, where he was the founding Research Director of the Brooks World Poverty Institute. Prior to joining the Bank in 1998 he taught at Brown University and the University of Queensland (Australia); an Australian native, he has undergraduate degrees from the University of Queensland, a graduate diploma in teaching from Queensland University of Technology, and an MA and PhD in sociology from Brown University.
Session 4 – Participatory Panel
Sri Mulyani Indrawati
Sri Mulyani Indrawati is the managing director at the World Bank and responsible for the institution’s global operations as well as knowledge products in the thematic areas of human development, sustainable development, poverty reduction and economic management, and financial and private sector development. In addition she oversees other administrative vice-presidencies and functions, including the Integrity Vice Presidency, Sanctions Board Secretariat and the Office of Evaluation and Suspension.
Sri Mulyani joined the World Bank in June 2010. Previously she served as Indonesia’s minister of finance in addition to being the coordinating minister of economic affairs. During that time she guided the economic policy for one of the largest countries in Southeast Asia, and one of the biggest states in the world, navigating successfully the global economic crisis, implementing key reforms, fighting corruption and earning the respect of her peers across the world. She is credited with helping to steer Indonesia through the challenging but successful transition from autocracy to democracy.
Ms. Indrawati led the Indonesian National Development Planning Agency prior to her position as finance minister. During that time she coordinated the government and international reconstruction effort following the devastating 2004 tsunami. Her earlier positions include, Executive Director at the International Monetary Fund, faculty member at the University of Indonesia and a visiting professor at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.
Ms. Indrawati holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Indonesia. She has received numerous honors and awards, including Euromoney Magazine’s Global Finance Minister of the Year, and Emerging Markets Best Finance Minister in Asia. She has also been regularly on Forbes List of the 100 Most Powerful Women in the world.
Governor Adams AliyuOshiomhole is currently Governor of Edo State of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He completed his first term (2008-2012) and was re-elected Governor, for another term, under the banner of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) with over 75% of the vote on July 12, 2012. His first-term witnessed significant policy and institutional reforms, fiscal discipline and transparency, as well as massive infrastructure development.
An accomplished trade unionist and administrator, Governor Oshiomhole has been a major actor and catalyst in the Nigeria labour and wider popular movements in Nigeria. He served as the 4th democratically elected President of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), the biggest labourcentre in Nigeria from 1999 to 2007. Prior to that, he was for eighteen years General Secretary of the National Union of Textile Garment and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, then a union with over 75,000 workers.
At the International level, he was representative of the African workers for two terms on the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization (ILO). He has also served on the powerful committee on Freedom of Association of the ILO, which is the only international tribunal on workers' rights issues. He had been on the Executive Board of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), the Executive Board of the African Regional Organization of the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions.
Adams Oshiomhole was educated at the Ruskin College, Oxford where he majored in economics and industrial relations. He is also an alumnus of the prestigious National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS), Kuru, Plateau State. He holds an honorary doctorate of law degree of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma.
Macon Phillips is the Director of Digital Strategy for The White House. Phillips ran the new media program for the Presidential Transition Team (Change.gov) and served as the Deputy Director of the Obama campaign's new media department (BarackObama.com).
Prior to the campaign, Phillips led Blue State Digital's strategy practice, working with clients like the Democratic National Committee and Senator Ted Kennedy. A proud Americorps*VISTA alum, the Huntsville, Alabama native is a graduate of Duke University.
Herbert A. Kassamaniis
Mr. Kassamaniis is currently the Head of Communications and Information Management Department of the Water Services Regulatory Board, Kenya. Mr. Kassamani holds an MBA (Marketing) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Mass Communication from the University of Nairobi. He has had extensive experience at senior levels both in the public and private sector where he has variously
spearheaded the establishment and management of marketing , customer relations, and communication functions. He has worked with participatory development approaches in Kenya’s Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO) Sector and has been a lead actor in the establishment of Wasreb’s Water Action Groups (WAGs) mechanism which has pioneered the aspect of citizen/consumer
engagement Kenya’s public sector.
Raj Babu Shrestha
Engaging in the field of Civil Engineering and in Development since 1981. Twenty three years of experience (since 1986) in national and international organizations are basically related with water supply and sanitation, community infrastructure development, livelihood enhancement and poverty alleviation at the policy as well as project preparation, implementation management and monitoring level. More than sixteen years’ experience in strategic program development and management at a senior level.Firsthand experience in computer applications in the field of civil engineering and management information system. Acquired training in various disciplines including Poverty Alleviation Course under Malaysian Technical Cooperation Programme (MTCP), Program for Development Managers (PDM course) at Asian Institute of Management, Philippines, Integrated Water Resources Management at Excellency of Water Resources, Pakistan with the following major degrees:
M.A. Sociology, Tribhuvan University Nepal
M.Sc. Sanitary .Engineering., Delft, The Netherlands
B.E. (Hon's) Civil Engineering, Roorkee, India
Judd Antin is User Experience Researcher at Facebook. Judd’s areas of expertise include incentives and motivation for online collaboration, "gamification" and game mechanics, online communities, collective action and social dilemmas, as well as trust, reliability, and credibility. His research interests center on user-generated content, social media, the wisdom of crowds, distributed work, and all other forms of online collaboration. Working with laboratory and field experiments, surveys, and qualitative methods, Judd strives for a holistic understanding of participation and collaboration and translating that understanding into innovation.
Rafael Morado is a Game Designer at UBISOFT Montreal. Prior to his work in Montreal, he worked for UBISOFT Paris and was a freelance Video Director and Editor.
Session 5 – Table Talks
Archon Fung is Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship. His research examines the impacts of civic participation, public deliberation, and transparency upon public and private governance. His Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy examines two participatory-democratic reform efforts in low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Current projects also examine initiatives in ecosystem management, toxics reduction, endangered species protection, local governance, and international labor standards. His recent books and edited collections include Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance; Can We Eliminate Sweatshops?; Working Capital: The Power of Labors Pensions; and Beyond Backyard Environmentalism. His articles on regulation, rights, and participation appear in Political Theory; Journal of Political Philosophy; Politics and Society; Governance; Environmental Management; American Behavioral Scientist; and Boston Review. Fung received two Bachelors and a PhD from MIT.
Roby Senderowitsch is Program Manager of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA). The GPSA is a coalition of donors, governments and civil society organizations (CSOs) that aims to improve development results by supporting capacity building for enhanced citizen feedback and participation.Previously Roby wasWorld Bank Country Manager in the Dominican Republic. His career experience includes a strong focus on political economy analysis, building coalitions for change, anti-corruption, and performance based management of public institutions. Before joining the Bank, Roby worked with several NGOs in Argentina and Cuba, including as Field Representative of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. He has been a lecturer in Human Resource management in NGOs, as well as director of educational programs and community development and human resource management in the private sector. Roby’s most recent publications include “Democratic Governance in Mexico: Beyond State Capture and Social Polarization” (with Yasuhiko Matsuda), “Performance Informed Budgeting and Trust in Government” (with Nick Manning and others), and “From the International Financial Crisis to Inclusive Growth in the Dominican Republic.” Roby holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Buenos Aires and a series of postgraduate courses at Harvard and Stanford University.
Mary McNeil is Team Lead in the World Bank Institute's Governance Practice. She played a pivitol role in the development of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability in 2012. Mary also developed the model for the Affiliated Networks of Civil Society Organizations for Social Accountability, or ANSAs, that are now active in Africa, East and South Asia and Middle East North Africa. She has been involved in citizen participation, community-driven development, and social accountability work for most of her twenty-five years in the World Bank. She is the co-editor of Demanding Good Governance: Lessons for Social Accountability Initiatives in Africa, and was founding editor of the "Development Outreach" magazine. During her career at the Bank she has held positions in the World Bank Institute, where she managed global programs on community empowerment, social inclusion and civil society capacity building. In Bank operations she has worked in the water and sanitation, and urban sectors leading activities in the UNDP-funded Water and Sanitation Program and Urban Management Program. Her work has spanned all regions, including managing country-based programs in Ghana, Bosnia, the Philippines and Tajikistan.
Sarah E. Mendelson serves as deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance responsible for democracy, human rights and governance. Prior to joining the Agency in May 2010, she was the director of the Human Rights and Security Initiative at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).
At CSIS, she conducted over a dozen public opinion surveys in Russia, tracking views on Chechnya, HIV/AIDS, military and police abuse, religious identity in the North Caucasus, and human trafficking. She researched the links between human trafficking and peacekeeping operations in the Balkans, and her work helped shape U.S. legislation and policies at NATO on this issue. In 2007 and 2008, she led a working group on closing the Guantánamo Bay detention center, the recommendations from which were reflected in the Executive Orders signed January 22, 2009. In summer 2009, she helped convene the Parallel Civil Society Summit in Moscow during President Barack Obama’s trip to Russia.
Mendelson has worked for nearly two decades on a wide variety of issues related to human rights and democracy including as a program officer in Moscow with the National Democratic Institute in 1994 and 1995. Before coming to CSIS, she was a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has also worked with International Security, the Europe and Central Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, and the Council on Foreign Relations.
A frequent contributor to the media, Mendelson has authored numerous public policy articles and books, including Changing Course: Ideas, Politics and the Soviet Withdrawal from Afghanistan (Princeton University Press, 1998); The Power and Limits of NGOs: Transnational Networks and Post-Communist Societies (Columbia University Press, 2002); Barracks and Brothels: Peacekeepers and Human Trafficking in the Balkans (CSIS Press, 2005); and From Assistance to Engagement: A Model for a New Era in U.S.-Russian Civil Society Relations (CSIS Press, 2009).
She received her bachelor's degree in history from Yale University and her Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University. She has held fellowships at Stanford University and Princeton University.
Sophie Sirtaine is director of the World Bank’s Corporate Reform and Strategy Department, which advises Bank staff on results, accountability, openness, and modernization. Previously Sirtaine worked in Bank operations, including as sector manager in the Private and Financial Sector Development unit of the Europe and Central Asia Region. Sirtaine is also part of the Bank’s team on public-private partnerships. Before joining the Bank, Sirtaine worked in investment banking and as an infrastructure economist.
Dayna Brown is the Director of The Listening Program at CDA Collaborative Learning Projects. Prior to joining this non-profit, she worked for Mercy Corps as a Senior Program Officer for Civil Society and Conflict Management and managed economic development, peacebuilding, and civil society development programs in Indonesia and Kosovo. Brown served as a Humanitarian Affairs Liaison with the U.S. Kosovo Diplomatic Observer Mission and worked with USAID/OTI in Kosovo. She is the co-author of Time to Listen: Hearing from People on the Receiving End of International Aid. Brown received a Master of Arts degree in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University in 1998, and has a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Will Rogers is the global coordinator for beneficiary communication at the International Federation of the Red Cross
He is a dedicated community development and media professional with extensive experience both in the community and international NGO and humanitarian sectors. Will started developing his skills with indigenous communities in remote Australia, and has built a career using media and new technologies as tools for international community development.
His experience had brought him a broad range of skills including “Digital Humanitarianism” to the implementation of community based media projects. The latter used TV, radio, Print, online and SMS technologies to help marginalized or disaster affected communities have a voice and be the drivers of their own development. He is currently tasked with globally mainstreaming Beneficiary Communications within the Red Cross movement and has been successful in leading community development programs in Australia, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Will is a dedicated communicator and campaigner – he believes organizations must communicate and actively listen to the people they serve.
Dr. Angelita Gregorio-Medel
Dr. Gregorio-Medel was appointed as Undersecretary in the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines in January 2013. Prior to her appointment, she was Executive Director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountabilityin East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). Dr. Gregorio-Medel has direct experience in community based work, community organizing development management, capability building and academia. Dr. Gregorio-Medel gained her Masters of Science in Psychology, Social Psychology (Community and Poverty) at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1986 and her Doctor of Sociology, Development Sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Federal Republic of Germany in 1992.
Recently described by FedInsider as “innovating innovation itself,” Mr. Chris Vein is the Chief Innovation Officer for Global Technology Development at the World Bank. In this capacity, Chris leads the implementation of the World Bank’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy, ICT policy and engagement dialogue with internal and external clients, and global ICT knowledge and expertise with client countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, Chris was the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer for Government Innovation in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In that role, Chris focused on making government more open, entrepreneurial, and lean; creating new and innovative opportunities for delivering government products, services and processes; and incubating innovation capacity in the civic, technology and civic society arenas. Over the past two award-winning decades, Chris has had the honor of serving four Presidents of the United States, thousands of professional association practitioners around the world, for-profit consulting organizations, and local government organizations. An avid cook and traveler, Chis is based in California where he is still renovating his geodesic dome house and mentors those in need. Chris is a sought-after commentator and speaker, quoted in a wide range of news sources from the Economist to Inc. Magazine.
Randi Ryterman is the World Bank Institute’s (WBI) Director for Governance. Prior to joining WBI, she managed the Public Sector Governance Anchor in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, and led the Stolen Assets Recovery (StAR) Initiative, which is jointly implemented by the World Bank and the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes. Randi previously worked in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Department and the Development Economics Research Group, where she conducted research and helped countries to implement institutional reforms to combat corruption and improve the delivery of public services.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Randi worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught Comparative Economic Systems and International Trade. She has also worked in the private sector, on issues related to the regulation of the oil and gas industry.
Randi has a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Maryland. She has written widely on governance, anticorruption, and institutions in transition countries. She received the Ed A. Hewett Prize for an Outstanding Contribution to the Studies of the Political Economy of the Soviet Union and East Central Europe and their Successor States.
Fernando Rosetti is the Executive Director of GIFE (Institutes, Foundations and Enterprises)in Brazil.GIFE is South America’s leading association of grantmakers. Prior to this, he was the executive secretary for the Participation Experiences Network, a consultant for the Latin America Business Council, and Executive Director of Aprendiz in San Paulo. Fernando has also worked as an English teacher, reporter, columnist, and editor, and has published studies and guidelines on media and education for Unicef.
In 2005, GIFE’s Private Social Investment Network completed 10 years of formal operation, with the mission of refining and disseminating concepts and best practices for the use of private funds for the common good. GIFE works with private social investors to encourage a partnership for community action, investing in social, cultural, and environmental projects. GIFE currently works with more than 80 members to achieve these goals.
Mr. Rossetti has a Masters of Social Science from the Institute of Philosophy and Human Sciences at the State University of Campinas in Brazil.
Helene Grandvoinnet is currently the Cluster Leader for the Demand for Good Governance Team in the Social Development Department of the World Bank. She joined the the Bank in 2000 as a Public Sector Specialist. She has tasked managed investment projects, DPLs and AAAs on a broad array of governance issues in the Africa Region. As of 2008, she was designated as the Governance & Anticorruption (GAC) Coordinator for the Africa Region and contributed to raise awareness and mainstream the GAC agenda.
Prior to joining the Bank, Helene worked for the OECD development center focusing on research programs on governance and poverty reduction, conflict management in Africa and anti-corruption initiatives. Prior to that she worked for the Legal and Financial division of the Ministry of Culture in France.
Ms. Grandvoinnet, a French national, holds a degree in public administration from the Paris Institute of Political Science and a post-graduate in international administration from the University of Paris II- Pantheon-Assas.
Edith Jibunoh is the Director for Multilateral Institutions at ONE. Before joining ONE, Edith worked in the Nigerian Presidency‘s Millennium Development Goals office and the Ministry of Finance. She has also worked for the World Bank in the East Asia and Pacific Region as well as the World Bank‘s Special Representative Office at the United Nations. Alongside the management of ONE‘s relationships on the continent with policy makers, NGOs, the media and academia, she project manages the ONE award and is actively engaged in African debates on democracy, corruption and governance.
Felipe is the Founder and Director of FundaciónCiudadanoInteligente, a Latin American NGO based in Chile that uses information technology to promote transparency and active citizen participation. He graduated as a Lawyer from the P. Universidad Católica (Chile) and holds a Master degree in Public Policy from the London School of Economics (UK), where he is also a PhD Candidate in Government with research in the field of Freedom of Information, Regulation, and Internet Technology. Felipe is also an Ashoka Fellow for the News and Knowledge program, and achieves work experience in both the Chilean NGO and Government sectors, working for Un Techopara Chile, and both Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Labour. In 2010, he organized the first Personal Democracy Forum for Latin America, and currently coordinates the Open Data research project for Latin America in collaboration with IDRC, ECLAC (UN) and W3C.
Felipe’s research aims to bridge the relationship of traditional Freedom of Information regulation with recent-born open data policies, highlighting how this relationship changes according to the habitat where these policies are embedded.
Stephen directs the Business Development/Innovation team at Development Gateway, which covers research and innovation, marketing and communications, and external partnerships. With over 10 years in the area of technology, aid management, and information transparency, Stephen has worked at the forefront of ICT4D innovation. His efforts have also led to contributions to international data standards such as the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Prior to joining the organization in 2000, he worked with the World Bank, IBM, Computer Associates, and BearingPoint, developing technology solutions for the public and private sector. He holds a master's degree in international business administration from Georgetown University, and a bachelor's degree from Washington and Lee University.
Joanne Caddy is an Administrator at the OECD's Directorate for Public Governance and Territorial Development (GOV).
She was responsible for drafting the OECD report on Citizens as Partners: Information, Consultation and Public Participation in Policy-making (2001) and oversaw the production of an accompanying handbook for government officials. Other titles include: Open Government: Fostering Dialogue with Civil Society (2003), Promises and Problems of E-democracy: Challenges of Online Citizen Engagement (2004).
Prior to joining GOV, she worked for SIGMA, a joint programme providing support to public administration reform in Central and Eastern European countries, based at the OECD and financed mainly by EU-Phare.
She earned a BA in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University (UK), an MA in Political Science at The Johns Hopkins University (USA) and a doctorate in Political Science at the European University Institute (Italy).
Session 6 – Summary
Sanjay Pradhan is the Vice President of the World Bank Institute (WBI). He is an authority on governance and anticorruption issues, combining a distinguished research record with extensive operational experience. Previously, he served as the World Bank’s Director for Governance, where he led the development of the Bank’s Governance and Anticorruption Strategy, and provided strategic directions on improving governance and combating corruption.
Mr. Pradhan has held senior positions across key parts of the World Bank, including in the operational and research departments. He was the Manager for Poverty Reduction and Public Sector Governance in South Asia, and Europe and Central Asia, as well as Country Economist in East and West Africa. He was a principal author of the 1997 World Development Report, The State in a Changing World. He has also authored numerous publications, including articles, books, and policy papers. He has addressed major high-level forums including the European Parliament, the British House of Commons, and the BBC World Debate. Mr. Pradhan holds a PhD and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Since joining as Vice President of WBI in 2008, Mr. Pradhan has led WBI through a far-reaching renewal, enabling it to provide innovative approaches to development. WBI’s mission is to strengthen the capacity of government and non-government stakeholders to collectively solve development challenges through three interlinked clusters of support: ‘Open Knowledge’ – connecting clients to global knowledge and learning; ‘Collaborative Governance’ – enabling clients to mobilize and coalesce for collaborative action; and ‘Innovative Solutions’ – scanning and incubating innovations. A few examples of WBI’s new platforms include ICT-enabled citizens’ feedback for monitoring public services through mobile phones and the internet and the Global Partnership for Social Accountability to build the capacity of civil society to integrate beneficiary voice in government programs. WBI has also established a brokering mechanism for South-South Knowledge Exchanges, and launched the World Bank’s e-Institute and the Mapping for Results initiative. Mapping for Results has enhanced the Bank’s transparency and results by geo-coding 30,000 IDA and IBRD project locations in 144 countries on maps meshed with results indicators, now extending to other donors through the Open Aid Partnership.
As vice president of WBI, Mr. Pradhan plays a key role in the current efforts to modernize the World Bank and turn it into a more open and effective institution, as part of the Open Agenda. He also plays a major role in supporting the Bank’s Knowledge Strategy.
Kyle Peters took over as Vice President, Operations Policy and Country Services on February 1, 2013.
He was Director for Strategy and Operations in the Europe and Central Asia Region for the last year, working with the ECA Regional Leadership Team to assure implementation of the Regional Strategy and country programs.
Prior to joining the ECA Region, Mr. Peters was Director of Strategy and Country Services in the Operations Policy and Country Services Vice Presidency from 2006 - 2012. He was responsible for managing the Country Services group, working on the Bank’s response to the financial crisis of 2008-09, operational policy issues for IDA15 and 16 replenishments, and overseeing policy and reviews of country assistance strategies, development policy lending, and guarantees, as well as the aid effectiveness agenda.
His prior assignments include: as a Senior Manager in the Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group (IEG), with responsibility for assessing the Bank’s country assistance programs and programs in economic management, poverty reduction and the financial sector; as a sector manager for economic policy in Eastern and Central Europe, with responsibility for the Bank’s early engagements on regional integration in the Western Balkans; and as a macroeconomist in two regions--East Asia and the Pacific and Eastern Europe. In the East Asia region, he worked primarily on Indonesia and Vietnam. He served in the Bank’s country office in Jakarta from 1989-1992, working on macroeconomic, debt and poverty issues.
Mr. Peters received his BA in Mathematics and Economics from the College of William and Mary. He received a graduate degree in Economics from SUNY–Buffalo.
RitvaKoukku-Ronde became ambassador of Finland to the United States on Sept. 9, 2011, the first female ambassador to hold the post.
Koukku-Ronde has worked in various positions in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs for almost three decades, most recently serving as undersecretary of state (2009-11), director-general of the Department for Development Policy (2005-09), and deputy director-general of the Department for European Affairs (2003-05).
Other postings in the ministry include special advisor to the director-general of the Political Department (1995) and director of U.N. development issues in the Department of International Development Cooperation (1996-98), where she was also an attaché in 1987.
In addition, she was minister, deputy chief of mission at the Finnish Embassy in Germany (1998-2003), counselor, deputy chief of mission at The Hague (1990-94), and second secretary, first secretary and deputy chief of mission at the Finnish Embassy in Kenya, as well as focal point to UNEP and U.N. Habitat (1987-90).
Koukku-Ronde also served as an attaché in the Press and Culture Section of the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1985, before which she was a freelance journalist.
She holds a master's degree in history from the University of Tampere.
She is married to Dr. Hidde Ronde and has two daughters, Emma and Elsa.
Samuel A. Worthington is President and CEO of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international relief and development NGOs. InterAction works with its more than 190 members to develop policy and advocacy positions on a wide range of topics that shape the U.S. international NGO community. Before joining InterAction, Worthington served as Chief Executive Officer of Plan USA, a child-focused development NGO which has programs in 62 countries.
Worthington is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and has various advisory roles for the United Nations and U.S. government, including serving on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC); the Advisory Council for Voluntary Foreign Assistance at USAID and the Board of The Alliance to End Hunger. He was also a member of the White House Task Force on Global Development and Poverty as well as the steering committee of the NGO Leadership Forum at Harvard University. He serves on the boards of CIVICUS, the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, the Alliance to End Hunger, and Religions for Peace.
Worthington holds a Masters degree from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. As a Fulbright scholar he completed post graduate research at the InstitutUniversitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva. Mr. Worthington has represented U.S. NGOs and their programs before the United States Congress, the administration, and numerous major media outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, PBS, CNN, AP, Reuters, AFP, and many other major national and international media. In 2012, he was included on the NonProfit Times Top 50 Power and Influencers list.
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