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Muhammad Sani Abdullahi, Commissioner, Budget and Planning, Kaduna State, Nigeria

With over a decade of experience in development policy formulation, public finance and project implementation, Muhammad is the Commissioner for Budget and Planning in Kaduna State, Nigeria (population 8m). In this position, he leads on the States broad economic growth and development portfolio. As the Commissioner (Sub-National Minister) for Budget and Planning he is a Member of the State Executive Council, and is responsible for designing the fiscal strategy and coordinating the implementation and monitoring of the state budget (172 bn/ $800m in 2016). Prior to his appointment, he was a Policy Adviser in the Executive Office of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York and a member of the Secretary General’s core team that designed the Sustainable Development Goals( SDGs). He has also served in the past as an Economist and Deputy National Program Manager in Nigeria’s Presidency where he supported the design and coordination of development interventions across 36 States focusing on accelerating the country’s progress on the MDGs. He was subsequently appointed Economic Adviser of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, a political and policy think tank for the country’s 36 elected Governors. Muhammad holds an MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester, a second Masters in International Affairs and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and has studied Public Finance at the London School of Economics, Sustainable Development with Columbia University in New York and Advanced Project Management at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. He is a UK Chevening Scholar, member of the University of Oxford Business Alumni Network, Fellow of the Archbishop Tutu Leadership Institute and most recently a fellow of the Aspen Institute Africa Leadership program- ALIWA. He is married and is a proud father to three very energetic boys.

Joy Aceron, Convener-Director, G-Watch

Joy Aceron is Convenor-Director of G-Watch, formerly a social accountability program of a university, rebooting to an action research organization working on accountability and citizen empowerment in the Philippines. Concurrently, she is a Research Fellow at Accountability Research Center (ARC) based in School of International Service (SIS) of American University, Washington DC. A graduate of the University of the Philippines-Diliman with bachelor's degree in political science and master's degree in public administration major in public policy, she has 15-year experience in citizen monitoring, citizenship education and civil society-government engagement and has been invited in over 20 countries to speak in international conferences and to facilitate learning workshops. Formerly a program director and senior knowledge and practice leader at Ateneo School of Government for 10 years, Joy has published works on political reform, civil society participation in governance and leadership, the most recent of which is a publication with Jonathan Fox on vertically-integrated citizen monitoring and advocacy campaigns.  

 

Harriet Nuamah Agyemang, Project Coordinator, SEND GHANA

Harriet Nuamah Agyemang is a researcher and an advocate who works for SEND GHANA. She is the Project Coordinator for ‘Making the Budget Work for Ghana Project’ under the Global Partnership for Social Accountability and heads the Greater Accra Region Networking Center of the organization. Harriet’s support of citizens’ groups through mobilization, sensitization and training has enhanced citizens’ confidence, capacity and skills in engaging local authorities and parliament on budgets and service delivery in the education and health sectors.  She holds a Master of Arts degree in Development Studies from the University of Ghana and also trained as a journalist at the Ghana Institute of Journalism.

Colin Bruce, Senior Adviser Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group, Global Themes Vice Presidency, World Bank

Mr. Bruce joined the World Bank in August 1988 through its Young Professionals program. Since then, he has held regional, corporate and managerial positions of increasing responsibility such as senior country economist for India; an adviser in the Office of the  Managing Director; Senior Manager, Operational Policies; and Country Director, Director for Strategy and Operations, and Director for Regional Integration—in the Africa Region.  During 2015-2016 Mr. Bruce served as a Senior Adviser in the Office of the President of the World Bank Group (WBG) working on humanitarian and development linkages, and  the WBG’s response to crises. Simultaneously, he represented the WBG on the Inter Agency Standing Committee–the global humanitarian policy and coordination mechanism comprised of selected UN Heads of Agencies and civil society organizations.  He now serves as the Senior Adviser in the Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group. His specific responsibilities include supporting the implementation of the WBG’s strategy on FCV in low and middle income countries, and on financial solutions.  In addition, since May 2017, he has been leading a multi-disciplinary team tasked with further developing, institutionalizing and operationalizing the WBG’s approach to Global Crisis Risk Management. Recent reports co-authored by Mr. Bruce include “Toward Zero Tolerance for Famine - Fragility and Famine Response and Prevention” (June 2017) and “A Response to Global Forced Displacement” (November 2015).

Stephanie de Chassy, Head of Gender, Governance and Social Development, Oxfam

Stephanie de Chassy has a background in marketing, strategic planning and communication, in both the private and NGO sectors. Before joining Oxfam GB's Program Strategy and Impact team, she consulted on organization development, strategic planning and governance with ActionAid International, World Bank Institute, and some grant-maker organizations. Stephanie has contributed to various transparency and accountability-related projects, working directly with Information Commissions and Civil Society groups in South Asia, as well as in the USA. In her current role, she is working with a group of country advisers on Governance, Fiscal Justice, Youth as Active Citizens - with a strong focus on working in Fragile and Conflict Affected contexts. She oversees large multi-country programs and is involved in various learning and knowledge platforms across Oxfam confederation on Governance and Inequality.

Simon Fowler, Master of Ceremonies & Independent Consultant

Simon is a British national and strategic leader with over 30 years of international experience in the development, investment and commercial banking arenas.  Based in Washington D.C. and operating internationally, Simon now provides a unique brand of custom event design, facilitation, moderation and teambuilding services to corporate clients. He offers customized solutions in the following: Event design, planning, facilitation & Master of Ceremonies services for small to large groups (10-700+); Plenary and Panel Moderation; Teambuilding event design and implementation; Team and individual coaching; Knowledge Management & Learning strategy and program formulation and design. Simon can be reached at: www.linkedin.com/in/simonvfowler

Jonathan Fox, Professor, American University
Twitter @jonathanfox707

Jonathan Fox is a professor in the School of International Service at American University, where he is launching the Accountability Research Center, a new action-research incubator. His most recent publications include articles in World Development and the IDS Bulletin, a background paper for the 2016 World Development Report and reports published by IDS/Making All Voices Count, U4, GPSA and Transparency and Accountability Initiative. He was a founding member of the International Expert Panel of the Independent Reporting Mechanism of the Open Government Partnership and currently serves on the boards of directors of Fundar (Mexico) and the Bank Information Center (DC). For online publications, see http://jonathan-fox.org. For future work, sign up @ http://accountabilityresearch.org

John Gaventa, Research Director, Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex, UK.

Twitter @JohnGaventa

Professor John Gaventa is a political sociologist, educator and civil society practitioner with over 30 years of experience in research, teaching, facilitation, and organisational leadership. Currently Director of Research at the Institute of Development Studies, he previously served as Director of the Coady International Institute and Vice President of International Development at St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia, Canada. Prior to that, he was a Fellow in the Power, Participation and Social Change team at IDS, and Director of the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation and Accountability, based at IDS. Linking research and practice, he has written and worked extensively on issues of citizenship and citizen engagement, power and participation, governance and accountability, and leadership for social change. A former Rhodes Scholar and MacArthur Prize Fellow, in 2011 he also received the Tisch Civic Engagement Research Prize for his distinguished scholarship on civic learning, citizen participation and engaged research.

 

Helene Grandvoinnet, Lead Governance Specialist, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

Helene Grandvoinnet is a governance expert, with two decades of experience in research, policy dialogue, and project design and management on transparency and accountability, decentralization, public finances, justice reform, anti-corruption and civil service reform. She joined the World Bank in 1999.  As a Lead Governance Specialist in the Governance Global Practice, she provides managerial and strategic support to the Africa teams, and leads or supports analytical and operational work in various countries, with a focus on governance in sectors and decentralization.  She is the co-lead of the Governance Global Practice working group on Fragile and Conflict and Violence situations.  She has designed and managed projects (both investment financing and development policy lending) in low capacity and fragile countries in the Africa region, and spearheaded the implementation of the governance and anti-corruption strategy as the Africa coordinator. She co-authored the book “Opening the Black Box: The Contextual Drivers of Social Accountability” as the Cluster leader of the Social Accountability team in the Social Development Department, where she built a very active Community of Practices on Social Accountability, expanded training and capacity building activities, and task-managed the Civil Society Fund.

Prior to joining the Bank, Helene worked for the OECD development center (research programs on governance and poverty reduction, conflict management in Africa and anti-corruption initiatives), and worked for a Legal and Financial division in the Ministry of Culture in France.
Ms. Grandvoinnet, an American and 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.

Anowarul Haq, Program Director, CARE Bangladesh

Anowarul Haq is presently leading CARE Bangladesh's Extreme Rural Poverty Program as Director. He has more than 18 years work experiences in development field with 14 years as a thought leader. He is highly experienced on addressing systemic barriers for which citizens are engaged in constructive dialogue with power holders to abolish hunger, enhance food security, improve the livelihoods and institutionalize social accountability mechanisms within local government. He has significant expertise in institutionalizing the participation of the poorest, disadvantaged and marginalized in the spaces offered by social accountability tools. Before joining CARE, Anowarul worked in Proshika's Institute for  development Policy Analysis and Advocacy (IDPAA) and in a leading Bangla newspaper `The Daily Bhorer Kagoj'. He is the co-author of more than 15 major publications. He holds a Masters in English Literature from Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Luther D. Jeke, Manager, iCampus Liberia

Luther is the Manager of iCampus - Liberia's first shared innovation, co-working and community space for organizations and individuals focusing on the intersection of technology, accountability and social change in Liberia. He has ten years of experience in the Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) sector. Luther is an alumnus of the US State Department’s President Obama Emerging Global Leaders Initiative (EGLI) in Washington, DC. At iCampus Luther and his team seek to create a collaborative community that incorporates cutting-edge technologies, accountability, open governance and social enterprise to encourage positive change in Liberia. Luther earned a Bachelor’s Arts in Sociology with emphasis on Economics and has several professional certifications and diplomas in Organizational and Project Management, Information Technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Over the years, Luther has worked and consulted for entities in the USA and West Africa. During his days as iLab Liberia’s Director of Training, he and his team provided more than 5000 Liberians and foreign nationals the opportunity to use the innovation lab and gain new technology skills to empower their businesses and communities. Luther is passionate about efficiently using innovative technology solutions to empower local communities, SMEs, Governmental and Non-governmental organizations to create positive social change.

Dr Anuradha Joshi, Senior Fellow and Governance Cluster Leader at the Institute of Development Studies

Dr Anuradha Joshi is a Senior Fellow and Governance Cluster Leader at the Institute of Development Studies, Sussex.  A social scientist with a focus on policy processes and extensive experience in institutional analysis of development, she has worked on issues related to poverty, low-income housing, public services and environmental policy. Her current research interests focus on collective action, social accountability and service delivery - mobilising 'demand' in basic services and in the scaling-up of innovative service delivery approaches. She has experience of consulting for bilateral and multilateral agencies in development and managing large, multi-country research projects. She is a co-leads a 5 year research program on Action for Empowerment and Accountability which researches these processes in fragile, conflict and violence affected settings.

Suneeta Kaimal, Chief Operating Officer, Natural Resource Governance Institute

Suneeta is responsible for overseeing strategic planning and implementation, and institutional growth and development at NRGI. She ensures regional and country level engagements in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Eurasia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa, as well as global work of the capacity development, research and data, governance, and legal and economic programs, align with and further the organization’s mission. Suneeta is a Steering Committee member and former civil society chair of the Open Government Partnership, an initiative of nearly 70 countries in which governments and civil society work together to advance transparency, accountability and citizen participation. She is currently chair of the Global Council of Publish What You Pay, a civil society movement of more than 800 organizations working to improve natural resource governance. She serves on the international Board of Directors of The International Center for Not-For-Profit Law, which seeks a legal environment that strengthens civil society, advances the freedoms of association and assembly, fosters philanthropy and enables public participation around the world. Suneeta is also a founding board member of Roots of Health, a local NGO focused on improving the health of women and girls, and their communities, in Puerto Princesa, Palawan, in the Philippines. Suneeta holds a master’s in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, and a bachelor of arts from Duke University, where she was a Hart Leadership Fellow.

Sarah Khan, Graduate Researcher, Institute for Development & Economic Alternatives

Sarah Khan is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science at Columbia University, and a Graduate Researcher at at the Institute for  Development and Economic Alternatives in Lahore, Pakistan. During Summer 2017, she was a Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C.  Her research interests lie at the intersection of gender and comparative politics, with a regional specialization in South Asia. In her dissertation project, she explores gender gaps in political preferences, and the barriers to women’s substantive representation in Pakistan. In other ongoing projects, she studies the effectiveness of appeals by political parties and civil society actors to encourage women's voter turnout in Pakistan, and the impact of norms-based interventions on violence against women in urban India.

Jim Yong Kim, President, World Bank Group
Twitter @JimYongKim

Jim Yong Kim, M.D., Ph.D., is the 12th President of the World Bank Group. Soon after he assumed his position in July 2012, the organization established two goals to guide its work: to end extreme poverty by 2030; and to boost shared prosperity, focusing on the bottom 40% of the population in developing countries. In September 2016, the World Bank Group Board unanimously reappointed Kim to a second five-year term as President.  During his first term, the World Bank Group supported the development priorities of countries at levels never seen outside a financial crisis and, with our partners, achieved two successive, record replenishments of the World Bank Group’s fund for the poorest. The institution also launched several innovative financial instruments including facilities to address infrastructure needs, prevent pandemics, and help the millions of people forcibly displaced from their homes by climate shocks, conflict, and violence. Kim’s career has revolved around health, education, and improving the lives of the poor. Before joining the World Bank Group, Kim, a physician and anthropologist, served as the President of Dartmouth College and held professorships at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health. From 2003 to 2005, as director of the World Health Organization’s HIV/AIDS department, he led the “3 by 5” initiative, the first-ever global goal for AIDS treatment, which greatly to expand access to antiretroviral medication in developing countries. In 1987, Kim co-founded Partners In Health, a non-profit medical organization that now works in poor communities on four continents. Kim has received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, was recognized as one of America’s “25 Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report, and was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.”

Dalitso Kingsley Kubalasa, Executive Director, Malawi Economic Justice Network

Dalitso Kubalasa is the Executive Director for a leading think-tank and civil society network championing evidence-based public policy making through research-based public policy analysis advocacy and participatory governance. He is also currently serving his second term as Commissioner for the National Human Rights Institution, the Malawi Human Rights Commission, responsible for Child Rights, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. Mr. Kubalasa has some wider and proactive social capital premised on the quest for Malawi’s, Southern Africa’s, Africa’s and the Global greater public good. He holds a few portfolios at different levels of Effective Development Cooperation, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, Open Government Partnerships, Open Budget Surveys, Third World Network, just to mention a few. For instance, he is the Chairperson for the recently established multi-stakeholder Malawi Public Policy Research and Analysis Network, hosted in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development; he is the Co-Chair for the Malawi Community of Practice in Managing for Development Results, hosted in the Office of President and Cabinet’s Performance Enforcement Department; he is Board Member for Tax Justice Network Africa (TJN-A); he is a Southern Africa sub-regional representative in the Global Civil Society Partnership for Development Effectiveness, he has been a Secretary General for the Southern Africa People’s Solidarity Network, just to mention a few. In his wake he has a seventeen-year plus mix of wide-ranging experiences; from a humble ‘short’ stint as a Journalist (Reporter & Sub-Editor) in 1995, to a prolific and articulate public policy analyst. He has worked, along his career path, as an Economist (Planning Division of Malawi's Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation), in between 1998 and 2000; as a pioneer Branch Manager in an international Micro-Finance Institution, PRIDE Malawi Limited (affiliated to the PRIDE Africa group) in 2000. Mr. Kubalasa holds an Advanced Master’s Degree in Development Evaluation and Management (with Distinction), from the University of Antwerp’s Institute of Development Policy and Management in Belgium; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Agricultural Economics) from University of Malawi’s Bunda College of Agriculture.

Thuli Madonsela, Former Public Protector, South Africa

Advocate Thuli Madonsela is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa and a lifelong activist on social justice, constitutionalism, human rights, good governance and the rule of law. Named one of TIME100 influential people, in 2014 and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2016, Thuli Madonsela is one of the drafters of South Africa’s Constitution and co-architect of several laws that have sought to illuminate South Africa’s democracy. Thuli Madonsela was South Africa’s Public Protector for 7 years and Co-architect and Founding Chairperson of the African Ombudsman Research Centre. She has a global reputation for integrity and fearlessness in enforcing accountability and justice in the exercise of public power and use of public resources. She has a history of highlighting the importance of social justice and general inclusive enjoyment of the fruits of democracy in the pursuit of peace. Currently resident at Harvard University as an Advanced Leadership Fellow, Thuli Madonsela has accepted the Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University with effect from January 2018. She is a Paul Harris Fellow, Tallberg Global Leader, and the recipient of Transparency International’s Integrity Award, the German Africa Prize and the Commonwealth Lawyers Truth and Justice Award, among her innumerable accolades.

Sanjay Pradhan, CEO, Open Government Partnership
Twitter @SanjayPradhan99 

Sanjay Pradhan joined the Open Government Partnership in May 2016 as Chief Executive Officer. Bringing a wealth of open government and innovation experience to the role, he previously served in three senior positions at the World Bank: as the Vice President for Leadership, Learning and Innovation, the Vice President of the World Bank Institute, and the Director for Governance. While at the World Bank, Mr. Pradhan tirelessly promoted open development. He led the WBG’s Governance and Anticorruption Strategy, launched the Global Partnership for Social Accountability, incubated ICT-mediated citizen feedback to improve governance, initiated Open Contracting with Partners, and rolled out a flagship Collaborative Leadership for Development program to help government and civil society leaders undertake collaborative actions. During his tenure at the World Bank, Sanjay gained extensive experience working in Africa, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Pradhan is a global spokesperson and distinguished speaker on open governance and anticorruption issues, appearing in major world forums including the European Parliament, the BBC World Debate and the TED Global Conference. He has published widely, and was a principal author of the 1997 World Development Report, The State in a Changing World. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy and a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. 

Jonas Rolett, Special Advisor to the Chairman, Open Society Foundations

Jonas Rolett is special advisor to the chairman of the Open Society Foundations, George Soros. He has particular expertise in Eastern Europe and has worked extensively on governance, elections, civil society, and development issues. Prior to joining Open Society, Rolett worked for the National Democratic Institute on election monitoring, civic engagement, parliamentary representation, and political party development. Before that, Rolett ran a U.S.-based campaign training school for candidates and campaign managers. He also has a background in communications work and publishing. Rolett received his BA in literature and psychology from the University of North Carolina.

Maha El Said, Professor, Cairo University

Dr. Maha El Said is a professor at the English Department, Faculty of Arts, Cairo University. She is also the executive director of the newly established anti-harassment unit at Cairo University. She has publications on Arab American writings, creative writing, popular culture, gender and the impact of new technologies on literature. Her latest book  Rethinking  Gender in Revolutions and Resistance: Lessons From the Arab World (Zed Books 2015)  addresses gender identities, gender relations and gender norms post Arab Spring. She has more than 22 years’ experience of teaching and leading Education projects and has been very active within educational development and girls’ education in Egypt. Dr. El Said has acted as a consultant for such organizations as UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, USAID, Aguirre International, Creative Associates, EDC, IIE, AMIDEAST, EU, World Bank, KfW, Macmillan Publishing, University of Cambridge, British Council, the Ministry of Education, and others.

Fletcher Tembo, Director, Making All Voices Count
Twitter  @ftcitizenvoice

Dr. Fletcher Tembo is Director for the Making All Voices Count Programme, an international initiative that contributes towards effective governance and accountability by enabling citizen engagement and open, responsive government in 12 countries in Africa and Asia. The Programme is committed to promoting transparency, fighting corruption, empowering marginalized citizens, and harnessing the power of new technologies to make government more effective and accountable. He has also been Director for the Mwananchi Social Accountability Research and Learning, which started under the Overseas Development Institute’s five year, Six African Country Governance and Transparency Fund Programme funded by DFID. Fletcher specializes in using Political Economy Analysis (PEA) approaches to address collective action problems; developing ‘fit for purpose’ monitoring and evaluation frameworks and developing models of donor support for transparency and accountability initiatives. He has been supporting the Monitoring and Evaluation design and implementation of several programmes in Africa, including the Mozambique Civil Society Support Foundation (MASC), Kenya Drivers of Accountability, and the Zambia Governance Foundation. He is also the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Independent Research Mechanism (IRM) researcher for Malawi and a member of the Political Economy Advisory Group (PEAG) for the Tilitonse Governance Programme in Malawi.  In Asia, he has worked on several assignments in Bangladesh and on a number of Japan and Africa initiatives. Furthermore, he has been representing the Overseas Development Institute at the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) since its inception, and has participated in analyzing GPSA projects. Prior to working as a full time Research Fellow at ODI in London (from 2006 – 2013), Fletcher worked for World Vision International as a Senior Economic Policy Adviser researching and managing advocacy campaigns on aid effectiveness and domestic accountability, using evidence from Africa, Asia and Latin America. He led a number of bilateral and multilateral donor lobbying initiatives around this period. 

Jeff Thindwa, Prorgam Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank
Twitter @JeffThindwa 

Jeff Thindwa is the Program Manager for the Global Partnership for Social Accountability in the World Bank’s Governance Global Practice (GGP). Until June 2016 he was Practice Manager for Open and Collaborative Governance, where he led work programs on the governance of extractive industries, open government, parliamentary strengthening and citizen engagement. During his 17 years at the World Bank, he has held numerous positions in social development and governance. He joined the World Bank in 2000 as Senior Social Development Specialist, and later led the Participation and Civic Engagement Cluster, integrating social accountability mechanisms and stakeholder participation in the Bank’s operations, and undertaking analytical work on the enabling environment reforms for civil society organizations. In 2009 he joined the Bank’s South Asia Region where he worked with operations teams and managed the “Program on Accountability” in Nepal, a grant making and capacity building program. In 2010, Mr. Thindwa joined the World Bank Institute as Team Leader and subsequently Manager for the Social Accountability Practice until he joined the GGP in 2014. 

Aleem Walji, Chief Executive Officer, Aga Khan Foundation, USA

Prior to joining Aga Khan Foundation as CEO in 2016, he was Chief Innovation Advisor within the Leadership, Learning, and Innovation Vice Presidency at the World Bank.  He oversaw a portfolio of programs related to Big Data/Analytics for Development, Innovations in Finance for base of the pyramid (BoP) clients, and youth engagement.  As Director of the World Bank Institute’s Innovation Labs, Aleem led initiatives that leverage open data, mapping and information technology to improve service delivery to the poor.  He supervised the Development Marketplace program, which provides finance, advisory services, and policy support to social businesses and social enterprises serving BoP clients in South Asia, East Africa, and the Middle East.  Aleem previously served as a Head of Global Development Initiatives at Google.org, with a focus on eastern Africa.  He led efforts related to increasing transparency and accountability in government and supporting the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in Africa.  Aleem was also the first CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria.  He is a graduate of Emory University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Jan Walliser, Vice President, Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions, World Bank
Twitter @JanWalliser_WB

Jan Walliser is the Vice President for the World Bank's Global Practices covering Finance & Markets, Governance, Macroeconomics & Fiscal Management, Poverty, and Trade & Competitiveness since July 1, 2015. In his current role, Jan is charged with ensuring high-quality lending, analytical and advisory services aligned with country demand and in collaboration with regional teams. Prior to his current appointment, he was Director of Strategy and Operations in the Bank’s Africa Region supporting the Regional Vice President in providing strategic leadership and operational guidance to staff working on 48 countries in sub-Saharan Africa as lending to the region increased to more than $10 billion annually. Previously, he managed a team of economists working on Nigeria and countries in central and western Africa, which advised governments on macroeconomic policies and supported debt relief for several fragile states. He also provided advice to staff and senior management on issues related to budget support, aid effectiveness and conditionality in one of the World Bank’s central units during 2004-08. Before joining the World Bank in 2002, Jan was an economist at the International Monetary Fund and a Principal Analyst at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office where he focused on the analysis of pension reform and tax reform. Jan has published in a range of professional economic journals on intergenerational aspects of fiscal policy, tax reform, pension reform, and aid effectiveness. He received a Ph.D. in economics from Boston University in 1998 and a Diplom-Volkswirt degree from Kiel University, Germany, in 1993. A German national, he speaks German, English, and French.  

Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers

Trained as a social studies teacher and an attorney, New York native Randi Weingarten is president of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers, which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; professional staff at the United Nations; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. The AFT is the second-largest nurses’ union in the United States. A union active in towns and cities across the country, as well as in state capitals and the U.S. Congress, the AFT champions fairness, democracy, economic opportunity, and high-quality public education, healthcare, and public services for students, their families and communities. Randi and her union have significant international experience. A longtime Executive Board member of Education International, she chairs the organization’s OECD Advisory Committee.

 

 

Deborah Wetzel, Senior Director, Governance Global Practice, World Bank 

Deborah Wetzel, a U.S. national with more than 25 years of experience in development work around the world, is the World Bank Senior Director for Governance since April 4, 2016. Ms. Wetzel was previously Director of Strategy and Operations for the Middle East and North Africa Region and prior to that served as Country Director for Brazil, from March 2012 until July 2015. Ms. Wetzel was the World Bank Group’s Chief of Staff to the World Bank President from 2010 to 2012. She has also served as Director for Governance and Public Sector, directing the Bank's work on taxation, public expenditures, decentralization, public sector reform and strengthening, governance and anti-corruption. From 2006 to 2009, she led the World Bank’s Economic and Public Sector Programs in Brazil, based in Brasilia. During that period she developed numerous programs with state and federal governments to help improve the effectiveness of public expenditures and achieve better results. Ms. Wetzel began her career at the World Bank in 1986 as a Consultant, joining the Young Professionals Program in 1993. She also worked at the Centre for the Study of African Economies in Oxford England in the early 1990s. During her career, she has worked in Central and Eastern Europe, Ghana, Hungary, Ukraine, Vietnam, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, West Africa and Zambia. Ms. Wetzel has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies. Her BA is from Smith College. She is the author of publications on fiscal decentralization, public finance, governance, and sub-national affairs.

Dennis Whittle, CEO, Feedback Labs
Twitter @DennisWhittle 

Dennis co-founded and leads Feedback Labs. He has worked for over 30 years in international aid and philanthropy. He is a co-founder of GlobalGiving, the first global crowdfunding website, where he was CEO from 2000 to 2010. GlobalGiving has mobilized $285 million for nearly 18,000 projects in 170 countries, fueled by hundreds of thousands of individual donors and 225 leading companies and foundations. From 1986-2000, Dennis was an economist at the World Bank, where he worked in Indonesia, Russia, Papua New Guinea, and Niger on agriculture, housing reform, energy efficiency, structural adjustment, and innovation. His New Products Team created the Innovation and Development Marketplaces in the late 1990s. Dennis is currently a Visiting Scholar at New York University and has in the past served as Executive Chairman of Ashoka Changemakers, Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University, Professor of the Practice and Entrepreneur in Residence at UNC-Chapel Hill, Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development, and economist at USAID and the Asian Development Bank. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, where he was a Morehead Scholar, and of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton.