The list of Forum speakers will be updated as we get closer to the Forum. Stay tuned!


Mari Pangestu

Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships, World Bank

Mari Pangestu is the World Bank Managing Director of Development Policy and Partnerships. In this role, which she assumed on March 1, 2020, Ms. Pangestu provides leadership and oversees the research and data group of the World Bank (DEC), the work program of the World Bank’s Global Practice Groups, and the External and Corporate Relations function. Ms. Pangestu joins the Bank with exceptional policy and management expertise, having served as Indonesia’s Minister of Trade from 2004 to 2011 and as Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy from 2011 to 2014. She has had vast experience of over 30 years in academia, second track processes, international organizations and government working in areas related to international trade, investment and development in multilateral, regional and national settings. Most recently, Ms. Pangestu was a Senior Fellow at the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs, as well as Professor of International Economics at the University of Indonesia. Read more


Louise Cord

Global Director, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, World Bank

Prior to her current role, Louise was the Country Director for Senegal, Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania, based in Dakar, Senegal. Before that, she was Practice Manager in the Poverty Global Practice responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean. A U.S. national, she joined the Bank in 1991 in the Bank’s Young Professional Program. She has since held various positions in the World Bank’s poverty reduction and sustainable development departments, working specifically on inclusive growth, poverty reduction, and rural development. She has worked in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern and Central Europe. Louise holds a Ph.D. in development economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. She has published on rural poverty, pro-poor growth, and inclusive growth challenges and strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean. Read more

Jeff Thindwa

Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank

Jeff Thindwa is the GPSA’s Program Manager, leading its strategies for collaboration of civil society and governments to improve accountability and performance of public policies and key sectors such as health, education and water. Jeff joined the Bank in 2000 as a social development specialist and led work on participation in operations, social accountability and the Bank’s global engagement with civil society. He also worked in the Bank’s South Asia Region where he supported operations and led the Program for Accountability in Nepal, a social accountability grant facility, until 2010 when he joined the World Bank Institute as Lead Specialist and then Practice Manager for Social Accountability. In 2014 he became Practice Manager for Open and Collaborative Governance in the new Governance Global Practice. Prior to the World Bank, Jeff worked in civil society for 17 years in Africa, Europe and the US following careers as an attorney in government and private sector.


Bahar Salimova

Forum Moderator, Senior Knowledge Management Officer, IEG, World Bank

Bahar Salimova is a Senior Knowledge Management Officer with the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank Group. Her work focuses on facilitating knowledge sharing and engagement around evaluative lessons and findings with IEG’s  stakeholders in World Bank Group and external organizations. Previously, Bahar worked with UNDP’s Women in Politics Knowledge Network as a Knowledge and Gender specialist where she designed and led online engagements, training sessions and global research on women’s socio-economic and political engagements.


Elsie Eyakuze

Keynote Speaker, Tanzanian Citizen

Elsie is a Tanzanian freelance consultant. She writes a weekly column for the regional East African newspaper and she is currently Chair of the Board of Soma Readership for Learning, a small local feminist NGO. In the past couple of years, she has supported auto/biography projects for prominent, she has been a rapporteur for the Aspen Institute Africa Congressional Program, and participated in the Afrobarometer Tanzania fine-tuning workshop amongst other assignments. Prior to this, Elsie has attended the annual Deutsche Welle Conference, in Germany, and the Open Society of South Africa Conference, in South Africa, as a blogger and live-tweeter. She was also part of a team that researched and published an innovative paper on how to engage with and influence government as civil society with the Public Services Accountability Monitor (PSAM), Housed at Rhodes University. Prior to freelancing, Elsie worked as a media analyst at Serengeti Advisers Ltd, and for the Nation Media Group.


Muhammad Ali Pate

Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Global Practice of the World Bank, and the Director of Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF) 

Muhammad Ali Pate is the Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Global Practice of the World Bank and the Director of Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF), based in Washington DC. Dr. Pate was until recently the Chief Executive Officer of Big Win Philanthropy, based in the UK, and prior to that held several senior positions, including that of Minister of State for Health in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He was previously in the World Bank Group where he joined as a Young Professional in 2000 and worked on health issues in several regions including Africa and the East Asia and Pacific. Dr. Pate is an MD trained in both Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, with an MBA from Duke University. Prior to this he studied at the University College London. He also has a Masters in Health System Management from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK.


Andrew Thomas Lavali

Executive Director, Institute for Governance Reform (IGR), Sierra Leone 

Andrew Lavali is Executive Director of the Institute for Governance Reform (IGR). He has 20 years’ experience in bringing high quality citizen-driven data into national decision making in Sierra Leone. In the last seven years Andrew has managed a leading think tank (IGR) that employs social accountability approaches in monitoring public sector performance in West Africa. He is skilled in designing and implementing capacity building programmes for parliamentary institutions and election management bodies, and civil society engagement programmes for peace building and poverty reduction. Andrew is also skilled in analysing political incentives and have conducted political economy analysis on decentralisation, public financial management and social service delivery. Before joining IGR, he was director of a DFID programme on state-building in post-war Sierra Leone and later became head of Westminster Foundation for Democracy that was engaged in strengthening parliament and political parties.


Eric Sarriot

Senior Manager at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance

Eric Sarriot currently serves as Senior Manager in Gavi’s Health Systems and Immunisation Strengthening team. Before that, he served in different positions: Save the Children’s Senior Health Systems Strengthening Advisor from 2016 to 2020, Community Health and Civil Society Engagement team lead for the USAID Maternal and Child Survival Program, and Director of the ICF Center for Design and Research in Sustainable Health and Human Development. Eric holds an MD from Paris VI and a PhD from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


George Osei-Bimpeh

Country Director of SEND GHANA

Mr George Osei-Bimpeh is a development practitioner and advocate. Under his leadership SEND-GHANA has implemented a number of social accountability projects to engender transparency and accountability in the budget process and the implementation of pro-poor government development interventions in Ghana. George has expertise and experience in the following: Budget Tracking and Advocacy; Social Policy Advocacy; Research and Programme Management; Institutional Capacity building; Performance Monitoring and Programme Development; Training and leading teams in the design and implementation of Social Accountability projects; Application of Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation framework for monitoring the implementation of pro-poor programmes; Capacity building and Facilitation abilities; Knowledge on CSOs community in Ghana and Africa; Coordinating activities in a multi-stakeholder environment with state and non-state actors in public policy making processes; Understanding of Rights-based Approach to development; Coordinating and implementing organizational assessments and Networking and Donor relationship management among others. Mr Osei-Bimpeh holds Master of Philosophy in Development Studies from the University of Cambridge (2006) and Bachelor’s Degree (2004) in Geography and Resources Development from the University of Ghana.


Sundas Warsi

Civil Society Human and Institutional Development Programme (CHIP), Pakistan

Sundas Warsi is the Coordinator for a national level platform of immunization in Pakistan called and known as Pakistan CSOs Coalition for Health and Immunization (PCCHI).  Over last decade she has gained extensive experience and knowledge of the working of Civil Society Organizations.  She has great knowledge and insights of the challenges and enabling factors for working with communities.  She has been coordinating and communicating with the national EPI programme on a regular basis for the engagement of CSOs.  Over 15 years of career, Warsi has held various positions under the umbrella of Knowledge Management, Monitoring and Evaluation and Researcher. Warsi is a business graduate from Muhammad Ali Jinnah University, Islamabad.  She also completed her MS in project management from SZABIST.  Recently she has complete a women leadership course from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Ann-Sofie Jespersen

Sr. Governance Specialist GPSA

Ann-Sofie joined the World Bank in 2014 in the Egypt Country Office, and brings more than 10 years of experience working on social accountability mechanisms and citizen engagement. She previously worked in Operations Policy and Country Services on citizen engagement and external accountability. She has operational experience in the MENA and Africa regions, where she worked on a range of Bank products including CPF, IPFs, and PforRs. Before joining the World Bank she worked on social accountability with ActionAid in the Middle East, West Africa, Europe and USA. She obtained her Bachelor and Master degree in International Development and Business Studies at Roskilde University, Denmark.

Rosalind McKenna

Team Manager, Public Health Program Financing Division at Open Society Foundations

Rosalind McKenna is Team Manager of the Financing Division of the Open Society Foundations’ Public Health Program (PHP), based in New York. Rosalind’s work focuses primarily on governance and financing, including financing for equitable access to medicines, with a particular focus on enhancing transparency and accountability over health financing. Rosalind is the PHP lead on international financial institutions (IFI) and health, including grantmaking and operational advocacy. She has previously supported PHP grantmaking on social accountability for Roma health, the intersection of social accountability and legal empowerment to advance health rights of marginalized populations, and budget advocacy for deinstitutionalization in the disability sector. A graduate of the University of Glasgow (LLB) and National University of Ireland, Galway (LLM), Rosalind has previously worked for Amnesty International Ireland, the United Kingdom Parliament and the Scottish Courts Service. She is a former Board member of Impact Funding Partners in her native Scotland.


Constantin Cearanovski

Board Member at Positive Initiative, Moldova

Constantin is the Director of the Advocacy Department at Positive Initiative, a Moldovan NGO. He has expertise in transparency and efficiency in the use of public funds; protection of rights and promotion of patients’ interests; development and implementation of advocacy campaigns; psychosocial, prevention, treatment, care and support in health services for key populations vulnerable to HIV. He has also work to ensure the voice of community in the elaboration of public policies, strengthen community systems and NGOs’ capacity building, and develop social business as a source of funding for NGOs.


Kahramon Bakozoda

Executive Director of The Center of Sociological Research "Zerkalo", Tajikistan

Kahramon has more than 20 years of professional experience in developing research designs and instruments. His main fields of interest are mass media, entrepreneurship, and business development. He has profound experience in project implementation with international development agencies such as the World Bank, IFC, UNDP, and other UN agencies, USAID, and other organizations. He has taken part in the development and coordination of more than 300 different researches in Tajikistan. His experience also expands to organizing and coordinating international research in Central Asian countries. Kahramon holds an M.B.A. degree from the Steinbeis University, Berlin, and a diploma in Physics and IT from Tajik National University.

Teodora Recalde Spinzi

Director of Public Budget of the Paraguay Ministry of Finance

Ms Teodora Recalde is the Director of Public Budget of the Paraguay Ministry of Finance. She has been working as a public servant for 27 years where she has hold several roles, including Head of the Department of Public Expenditure Control and Monitoring, Coordinator of Monitoring and Evaluation of the General Budget Directorate at the Ministry of Finance, and Technical Coordinator of the "Support Program for the Implementation of a Results Management System Based on the Public Sector Budget”. Ms. Recalde also has 15 years’ experience in the higher education sector, where she has worked as a Department Coordinator for the American University of Paraguay. She has hosted courses and seminars related to public finances, budget process, social spending, among others. Ms. Recalde holds a License degree in Statistical Mathematics from the National University of Asunción and a Masters’ degree in Education Projects from the American University of Paraguay and the SEK University of Chile. More information here (Spanish).


Ingo Wiederhofer

Practice Manager, Social Sustainability and Inclusion, World Bank

Ingo Wiederhofer is a Practice Manager in the Global Unit of the Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice of the World Bank. He has worked extensively on issues of community development, rural service delivery, demobilization and reintegration of combatants, youth inclusion, and conflict and development in Asia, the Pacific and Africa over the last 20 years. Ingo holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MA in Social and Political Sciences from Cambridge University.  He is currently based in Washington DC.


Tom Aston

Independent Consultant, Scaling Social Accountability for Health: Leveraging Public Policies and Programmes project

Thomas Aston has over a decade’s experience in the development sector. He has provided guidance and technical assistance to interventions across Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He specialises in providing support on participatory analysis and planning approaches, social accountability, and theory-based methods for monitoring and evaluation.


Helena Skember

Country Director, United Purpose Mozambique

Helena Skember is the Interim International programme Director of NGO United Purpose for Southern Africa and Asia as well as the Country Director in Mozambique and has over 20 years of international experience leading and setting-up development and emergency-response programs and managing and coordinating a diverse body of staff in volatile environments in Sub-Saharan Africa, Western Asia and Central and Eastern Europe. She designed and managed innovative projects in water, sanitation and hygiene, social accountability and citizen engagement, health, education, climate change adaptation, livelihoods and nutrition. Helena leaded a team that pioneered social accountability initiative in Mozambique in 2009 and established partnership with research, and academia nationally and internationally. She is specialized to coordinate cross-cultural teams and find openings for better governance in adverse contexts of poverty and hierarchic. Helena was born in Split, Croatia.


Dra Ana de Lurdes C.E. Cala

Mozambique Ministry of Health, National Directorate of Medical Assistance, Head of the Central Department for Quality and Humanization

Ana de Lurdes Cala, National Head of the Department of Quality and Humanization of Health Care at the Ministry of Health of Mozambique since 2012, holds a Master's Degree in Human Rights from the Faculty of Law of the Eduardo Mondlane University. She began her career in the health sector in 2001 as a nurse in maternal and child health, an area which is her passion and she is still the Counselor to the Mozambique Midwives Association. She has been an employee of the Ministry of Health for 20 years and has extensive experience in using participatory methods to influence health sector policies and strategies. Graduated in Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring, running at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, she has applied her knowledge of social accountability to influence changes in the way behavior, thinking and acting of health professionals in order to ensure that improvements in quality and humanization of health care provided to communities is systemic way.


H.E. Ngy Chanphal

Secretary of State of the Ministry of Interior of Cambodia and Vice-Chair, Council for Agricultural and Rural Development

Ngy Chanphal has been Secretary of State for the Ministry of Interior since 2008, as a member of the National Committee for Democratic Development (NCDD), responsible for international Relations and One Window Services Programs, and the Vice Chair of the CARD since 2009, responsible for the Social Protection, Food Security and Nutrition Working Group. He is also a Chair of the Partnership Steering Committee (PSC) for the Implementation of Social Accountability Framework (ISAF), Chair of the School of Governance and involved in many inter-ministerial committees. Ngy Chanphal is responsible for the coordination of World Bank and ADB’s funded projects, the design and implementation of the Demand for Good Governance Project (DfGG) and the Livelihood Enhancement and Association of the Poor Project (LEAP). He also coordinates the design and development of the National Social Protection Strategy for Cambodia, the Mapping and Scoping of the Social Safety Nets for Cambodia, and he is Chair of the Coordinating Unit (SPCU) for the implementation of the Cambodia National Social Protection Strategy for the Poor and Vulnerable.


Izabella Toth

Head of Unit External Relations & Business Development, Cordaid

Izabella Toth is a development professional with 22 years of experience in the sector. She spent most of her professional career at CORDAID in The Netherlands, as policy advisor and for the past three years as member of the CEOs strategic vision and political advisory team, where she was  responsible for strategic foresight, corporate strategy and policy formulation, multi and annual planning processes, as well and strategic relation management of the organization vis a vis international institutional bodies as the European Commission, EU Member States, the World Bank and Continental Development Banks. Since January 2020 she is Manager External Relations & Business Development at the same organisation.


Harilanto Ravelomanantsoa

CIMSI/GPSA Project Manager, SAHA, Madagascar

Harilanto is the CIMSI/GPSA Project Manager at SAHA, Madagascar (2017-2021). Harilanto has 24 years of professional experience, including 20 years collaborating with rural communities and civil society within development projects and NGOs in Madagascar. He has acquired proven skills in participatory planning and participatory budgeting at the local level, project evaluation, capacity building, and institutional development. He was trained as an Agronomist Engineer, and holds an engineering degree from the Higher School of Agronomic Sciences of Antananarivo.


Abdellahi Awah

Eco-Developpement, Mauritania

Dr. Abdellahi Awah is the Director of the Transparency of the Mauritanian Education Budget Project at NGO ‘L’Ecole du Developpement Local’ (Eco-Developpement). Prior to this role he worked at the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training and New Technologies, first as a Director of Employment and then as a Technical Advisor to the Minister. Previously, we worked as a Technical Adviser for International Cooperation at the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research; as Director of Orientation and Relations with Institutions; and as Director of Personnel at the Ministry of National Education. Dr. Awah has a PhD in Management Sciences with honors from the Institute of Business Administration (I.A.E) of the University of Nice. He has been Professor in Management Sciences at the University of Nouakchott since 1997, teaching "Labor Economics", "Theory of Organizations", "Human Resource Management", "Management Control", "Islamic Finance" and "Market Failures" at the Faculty of Legal Sciences and Economics.


Junito Drias

Advocacy and External Engagement Manager, Wahana Visi Indonesia

As Advocacy and External Manager, Drias has put a lot of work to ensure community participation in the process of policymaking. He believes social accountability is the engine of sustainable development. Before joining Wahana Visi Indonesia, Drias worked as a journalist and was actively assigned for 'media and democratization'.


Consolatrice Uwingabire

GPSA senior Project Coordinator, Transparency International Rwanda

Mrs Consolatrice Uwingabire is currently the GPSA Senior Project Coordinator at Transparency International Rwanda. Consolatrice has more than ten years of professional experience in International and local NGOs with a track record of managing projects for social transformation, coordinating empowerment projects’ activities and subcontractors (Consultants), performing budgets allocation and analysis, with results-based management approaches and strong problem-solving skills. Consolatrice holds a master degree in Business Administration, majoring in Strategic Management. She is also a member of the Female Working Group on Socio-Economic Transformation in Rwanda. Consolatrice has also completed a number of trainings such as Community development, Mediation Skills, Social Accountability and Gender Equality to name a few. 

Mickey Chopra

HNP Global Lead for Service Delivery

Dr. Mickey Chopra is the Global Solutions Lead for Service Delivery in the Health Nutrition and Population global practice of the World Bank. Previous to this he was the Chief of Health and Associate Director of Programs at UNICEF’s New York Headquarters. Additionally, he has chaired the Evaluation and Research Group at the Global Fund for HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, and the Special Committee for Large Countries for GAVI that worked on ensuring increased coverage of vaccines for Nigeria and India in particular. He led the technical team that oversaw the UN Commission on Essential Medicines and Commodities. Dr. Chopra is qualified as a medical doctor with an additional degree in medical sociology from the University of Southampton, England, MPH (Primary Health in Developing Countries) at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a  Ph.D. from Faculty of Medicine, University of Uppsala in Sweden.

Jodi Charles

Sr. Health Science Specialist at USAID

Jodi Charles is Senior Health Systems Advisor at the US Agency for International Development.  She is the Health Equity Team Lead in the Office of Health Systems, where she provides strategic guidance to countries on advancing equity and good governance in health systems.  Previously Jodi served as a Health Systems Advisor at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Vietnam. She holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) and a Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington.


Dr. Ernest Konadu Asiedu

Head, Quality Management Unit, PPMED, Ministry of Health Ghana

Dr. Ernest Konadu Asiedu is a trained Improvement Advisor (IA) of the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, Boston, USA and current head of the Quality Management Unit under Policy Planning Monitoring and Evaluation Division (PPMED) of the Ministry of Health, Ghana. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Biology and Medical degree from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana with a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Administration in Management, and Postgraduate Diploma in Occupational Safety, Health and Environmental Management from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration.

Kaustuv Bandyopadhyay

Director, Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA)

Kaustuv is the Director of Society for Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and PRIA International Academy (PIA), where he has led the organization’s work on citizen participation, democratic governance and civil society development since 1982. He has more than 25 years of professional experience with university, research institutions and civil society. In these years, he has led and managed a number of domestic and international research and action learning projects on citizen participation, social accountability, civil society development and democratic governance in urban and rural contexts. He has extensively worked on capacity building projects with particular emphasis on participatory learning, monitoring and evaluation, organisation development, strategic planning, and participatory training methodology. Currently, he serves as the Co-Coordinator of Asia Democracy Research Network (ADRN) and as a Governing Council member of Asia Democracy Network (ADN). Kaustuv received a Ph.D. in Anthropology for his work with the Parhaiya tribes of Chotanagpur (Jharkhand) in India.


Carolina Vaira

TTL of the Mainstreaming Social Accountability for Improved Transparency and Participation in Mongolia (MASAM) project

Carolina Vaira is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience working on Governance matters including Open Government, Fiscal Transparency and Citizen Engagement in Public Financial Management (PFM), Anti Corruption, and Judicial Reform (focusing on transparency and integrity). She joined the World Bank (WB) in 2006, where she has worked on the design, implementation and evaluation of programs that seek to develop anti-corruption strategies at the national and sectoral levels. She has also been leading the Open and Participatory Budget and Audit Program which provided support to MoF and line Ministries to open-up budget information and engage with the public and Supreme Audit Institutions to improve public outreach and engagement in the audit process. Before joining the Bank, she was a public servant in the Ministries of the Economy and Foreign Affairs of Argentina and worked as a legal consultant at the European Commission, the WTO and UNCTAD.


Gopa Kumar K Thampi

Senior Advisor, The Asia Foundation, and GPSA Steering Committee Current Co-Chair

Gopa Kumar Thampi served as Consultant and Governance Advisor in about 20 countries across Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe with development partners, state institutions, public agencies, and civil society organizations focusing on issues of governance and government reform, public accountability, and capacity building. Gopa was instrumental in setting up the Global and South Asia hubs of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability (ANSA), which he led until 2011. He was the former Head of the Asia Desk at the Transparency International Secretariat and the Executive Director of the Public Affairs Centre, India. Gopa is also Founding Member and former President of IT for Change and has served in the Governing Board of Building Partnerships for Development. He holds a doctorate in Entrepreneurial Studies from University of Kerala, India and postgraduate qualifications in Economics and Journalism & Mass Communication. He is an alumnus of the European Center for Peace Studies, Austria.

Juergen Voegele

Vice President, Sustainable Development, World Bank, and GPSA Steering Committee Co-Chair 

Juergen Voegele, Ph.D., assumed the position of Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank on April 1, 2020. In this role, he oversees the work of Global Practices and thematic groups that bring together the best expertise from across the World Bank Group and from partners, to help countries tackle their most complex challenges in the area of sustainable development. The practices and groups under his responsibility include Agriculture and Food; Climate Change; Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy; Environmental and Social Framework Implementation Unit; Social Development; Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land; and Water. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Voegele was Global Director of the World Bank's Climate Change Group and Senior Director of the World Bank's Agriculture and Food Global Practice. Dr. Voegele is chair of the CGIAR System Council Board, which oversees agricultural research programs tackling poverty, food and nutrition security, and improved natural resource management around the world. Read more