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WBI Governance Team

The Governance and Anti-Corruption team of the World Bank Institute is made up of the following individuals (listed by management, then in alphabetical order by surname):

Daniel Kaufmann
Director, Global Programs,
World Bank Institute

Regarded as a leading expert, researcher, and adviser to countries on governance and development, Mr. Kaufmann, along with his staff and colleagues, has pioneered survey methodologies and capacity building approaches for good governance and anti-corruption programs around the world. He currently heads groups on Global Governance and Knowledge for Development, and previously held positions at the World Bank which include managing a team on Finance, Regulation and Governance, heading capacity building for Latin America, and also serving as Lead Economist both in economies in transition as well as in the Bank's research department.

In the early nineties, he was the first Chief of Mission of the World Bank to Ukraine, and then he was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University prior to resuming his carreer at the World Bank. He is also a member of the World Economic Forum (Davos) Faculty. His research on economic development, governance, the unofficial economy, macro-economics, investment, corruption, privatization, and urban and labor economics has been published in leading journals.

Mr. Kaufmann is a frequent speaker on governance issues in major fora, such as the recent keynote presentation at the First Global Forum on Media Development, as well as the Annual Goodman Lecture at the University of Toronto in 2005, and his work on governance and development is often reported in media and policy circles. A Chilean national, he received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in Economics and Statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Roumeen Islam
Manager, WBI Poverty Reduction & Economic Management

Prior to joining WBI, Roumeen Islam was Director of the World Bank's World Development Report 2002: Building Institutions for Markets, leading a large multidisciplinary team of experts. The WDR is the Bank's annual flagship publication.

From 1998 to 2000 she was advisor to the Chief Economist and Senior Vice President in the Bank's Development Economics group where she conducted reviews of country strategies, lending operations, and economic policies and supported initiatives undertaken by the Chief Economist. Between 1996 and 198 Ms. Islam was senior economist and program team leader for Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. From 1993 to 1996 she served as a country economist for Morocco, and from 1991-1993 she served as a macroeconomist for Algeria and Morocco. Her work has covered a broad set of topics during this time ranging  on public expenditure rationalization, fiscal stability, growth strategies, trade and exchange rate issues, sovereign debt rationalization, financial sector reform and private sector development..

Roumeen Islam joined the World Bank in 1990 through the Young Professionals Program. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University, a Masters in Public Affairs (special field Economics and Public Policy) from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.

Anwar M. Shah
Lead Public Sector Management Specialist and Program Leader for Public Sector Governance

Dr. Anwar Shah is a fellow of the Institute of Public Economics, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He has previously served the Ministry of Finance, Government of Canada and Government of Alberta, Canada and held responsibilities for tax policy, municipal and local finances, fiscal transfers, federal-provincial and provincial-local fiscal relations. He also served USAID as Population and Health Economist; Pakistan Institute of Delopment Economics as a macroeconomist; the UN. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a Lead author and the 1992 World Development Report on Environment as a contributing author on global environment. 

Anwar Shah has published several books and numerous articles in leading economic and policy journals on governance, fiscal reform, fiscal federalism, local government organization and finance and global environment. He serves as a referee and a member of the editorial advisory boards for leading economic journals.


Ana Bellver Vazquez-Dodero
Young Professional

Ana Bellver joined the World Bank Institute in 2004 as Young Professional. Before coming to the World Bank, Ms. Bellver worked as economic advisor at the Department of Public Enterprises of South Africa providing assistance in the Restructuring program. She has also work experience in the Former Soviet Union, Costa Rica, Peru and Cuba in areas such as institutional reform, restructuring of state-owned enterprises, political economy of reform, micro enterprises and poverty reduction.

She received her Ph.D in Economics from the Pontificia de Comillas University (Madrid, Spain) where she was a lecturer for Business Studies. She gained a Masters degree in Development Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London).


Diane Billups
Program Assistant

Diane Billups coordinates the preparation, organization and follow-up to the different activities of the team and oversees the maintanence of the governance and anti-corruption website. She joined the Bank in 1993. Diane Billups is from Puerto Rico and holds a B.A. in Communications from the University of Puerto Rico.


Elizabeth Crespo
Program Assistant

Elizabeth Crespo coordiates the prepation, organization follow-up to the different activities of the team and oversees the maintenance of the governance and anti-corruption web site. Elizabeth Crespo joined the Bank in 1993. She is from Venezuela.


K. Migara O. De Silva

Migara De Silva joined the Bank in 1995 and has worked in DECVP and OED before joining WBI. He has worked in a number of WBI programs and has build a comprehensive training program on intergovernmental fiscal relations in Russia to train central and regional/local government officials in all of the 7 Regions (Okrugs) in Russia. He is also the task manager in the joint programs on Central Asia and the Caucuses which were launched under Fiscal Decentralization Initiative (FDI) by WBI, UNDP (Bratislava) and the Local Government Initiative (LGI) of the Soros Foundation in Budapest. Prior to becoming a member of the public sector governance team, Migara has worked extensively and later co-managed a work program (called "Brain Trust" Program) funded by the Government of Japan through WBI. In addition, he has worked on public sector reform and has published papers on the impact of resource booms on growth, institutions and economic growth

He has graduate degrees from the former Soviet Union and Masters and PhD from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.


Maria González de Asis
Senior Public Sector Specialist

Employed by the World Bank since 1997, Maria González de Asis has concentrated on public sector reform. She has managed anti-corruption programs in the field, disseminating emerging best practice in governance and anti-corruption worldwide at the National and Municipal level and most recently, managing the Legal and Judicial Reform Learning Programs and representing the WBI in the area of Judicial Reform. Before joining the World Bank, Ms. González de Asis worked at Transparency International in Washington, Berlin and Peru, and for the Spanish Lawyer Firm "Abogados Asociados" dealing with political anticorruption cases.

Her publications include: International Corruption (Claves 1999), Judicial Reform and Corruption (La Revista 1997), La Burocracia Española (Revista de Derecho 1996), La corrupción Judicial (Gestion y Análisis de Políticas Publicas 2001) and Judicial Reform and Rule of Law (Georgetown 2003). 

Maria González de Asis has a Master's degree in Law from the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid, completed her PhD courses in Law, and also holds a Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgetown University.

Ben Huffman
Consultant, WBI Global Programs

Ben Huffman is working as a consultant for the Governance and Anti-Corruption Program. He is responsible for managing the WBI Governance & Anti-Corruption website, newsletter and other ad hoc duties assigned by the Director. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2004, Mr. Huffman worked as an operations and research assistant for the United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), Nagoya, Japan. He holds a BA in Business and Economics from Western Washington University and multiple certificates in Information Technology from Georgetown University.

Sahr Kpundeh
Senior Public Sector Management Specialist

Sahr Kpundeh is Senior Public Sector specialist working with the Governance team and with the Public Sector Reform and Capacity Building Unit in the World Bank Institute. He is currently responsible for leading the Bank's public sector reform program in Kenya, as well as for developing and implementing governance learning programs for client countries. His most recent work is a chapter he contributed in a book entitled Process versus Structural Interventions: Institutionalizing Anti-Corruption Reforms in Africa. This book, entitled Building State Capacity in Africa: New Approaches, Emerging Lessons, which he co-edited, was published by the World Bank in 2004.  

Sahr Kpundeh received his Masters and Ph.D. degrees from Howard University (Washington, D.C.)


Ronald MacLean-Abaroa
Lead Public Sector Management Specialist 

Regarded as a leading governance expert and practitioner, Ronald MacLean-Abaroa comes from the world of politics and public service. He was the first democratically elected mayor of La Paz, Bolivia, and served four terms.

Appointed the youngest cabinet minister at age 29, he has held five cabinet positions: planning, foreign affairs, information, finance, and sustained development, under three different presidents. He ran for president of Bolivia in 2002.

Ronald MacLean-Abaroa was a Senior Governance Researcher, and lectured at Harvard University where he received his Masters in Public Administration, and his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

He authored several articles, professional papers, case studies, and books, and coauthored with Robert Klitgaard and Linsey Parris Corrupt Cities: A practical Guide to Cure and Prevention (2000) edited already in five languages.


Massimo Mastruzzi
Research Analyst

Massimo Mastruzzi joined the World Bank Institue in 2000 and worked in the Attacking Poverty Program before joining Global Governance in 2002. While at the World Bank, Mr. Mastruzzi's work has focused on statistical and econometric analysis, with particular interest on issues related to governance, economic development and international finance. Recent publications include "Sustained Macroeconomic Reforms, Tepid Growth: A Governance Puzzle in Bolivia?" with Dani Kaufmann and Diego Zavaleta (2002), and "Governance Matters III: Governance Indicators for 1996-2002" with Dani Kaufmann and Aart Kraay (2003).

He received a Master in Economics and a Master in European Studies from Georgetown University.


Cecilia Nordin Van Gansberghe
Senior Operations Officer 

Cecilia Nordin Van Gansberghe is the co-task manager for the Sida-funded Public Expenditure and Fiscal Accountability Program, focusing on assisting countries in Africa to build transparent and efficient public expenditure systems while raising awareness of accountability in civil society.

Ms Nordin Van Gansberghe has worked in banking and development her entire career. She started out working with the international expansion to the USA and Luxembourg of a major Swedish bank group, then joined UNDP in Laos and Sierra Leone. Most recently, she was responsible for the Government of Sweden's relations with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Ms. Nordin Van Gansberghe gained an MA at the University of Stockholm and an MBA from the Stockholm School of Economics.

Daniel Pincock
Program Assistant, WBI Global Programs (WBIGP)

Dan is the Program Assistant who works with the Global Programs team. He has worked at the World Bank since 1992, starting as the departmental word processor for the Asia Technical Department, and moving on to positions in the Africa Region and the East Asia Region of the Bank before joining the World Bank Institute (WBI) in 1999. A member of WBI's Executive Administrative Management Team (EAMT), Dan oversees the administrative activities of WBIGP and provides direct support to the Global Programs Director.


Djordjija Petkoski
Lead Enterprise Structuring Specialist and Head of Private Sector Development team at the WBI 

Since joining the Bank in 1992, Mr. Petkoski has worked in Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa. He was a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Harvard University in the early 1990s and a Visiting Scholar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979-80. He is author or co-author of 15 books and over 120 articles. He has delivered lectures at leading universities and international organizations around the world. 

Mr. Petkoski received MPA at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Ph.D. in Economics at the University of Zagreb, and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering at the University of Belgrade.


Francesca Recanatini
Senior Economist 

Francesca Recanatini joined the Global Program team at the World Bank Institute in 2001. She coordinates the Governance and Anti-Corruption Diagnostic Capacity Building Initiative in Latin America and Africa. In addition, she serves as a technical advisor in selected governance and public sector operational projects and learning activities for policy makers and practitioners.

Ms. Recanatini joined the World Bank in 1998 and worked in the Research Department and Eastern European region before joining WBI. While at the World Bank, Ms. Recanatini has focused on institutional development in Transition Economies and Developing Countries. She worked on issues relating to market structure and enterprise restructuring in response to institutional changes. She contributed to the World Development Report 2001 (Institutions for Markets) and 2003 (Making Services work for the Poor).

She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park. Before joining the World Bank, Ms. Recanatini worked at the Center of Institutional Reforms and Informal Sector (IRIS), focusing on economic restructuring and legal reforms in Central Asia.


Juanita Riano
Junior Professional Associate

Juanita Riano joined the World Bank Institute in September 2003 as a consultant and became a Junior Profession Associate in April 2004. She is involved in the Anti-Corruption and Governance Diagnostics in countries from Latin-America and Africa. She has also been involved in the organization of a training course on tools for analyzing governance and corruption. Before joining the Institute she was a consultant at the World Bank in the Latin America Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Sector and at the Research Department where she worked on projects related to poverty, inequality and local development. She has also work experience in the areas of public finance and educational policy analysis.    

Juanita Riano received a Master in Economics (2003) and a Master in Public Policy (2002) from Georgetown University. She also has a Master in Economics from Universidad de Los Andes (Bogota, Colombia).


Frederick C. Stapenhurst
Senior Public Sector Management Specialist

Rick Stapenhurst joined the World Bank in 1996, and has concentrated on issues in accountability and integrity, political risk analysis, investment decision making, government policy development and implementation, and institutional analysis and assessment. He has worked throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, as well as having spent time in the Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe.

His publications include Political Risk Around the North Atlantic (Macmillan Press/St. Martin's 1993), Industrial Democracy Today (McGraw Hill-Ryerson 1979), and numerous articles in the business and academic press.

A Canadian citizen, Mr. Stapenhurst completed his doctorate of business administration in 1989 at the International Graduate School, and has Masters degrees in Business Administration and Development Studies. Before coming to the World Bank, Mr. Stapenhurst was the Director of Multilateral Development Banks at the Canadian International Development Agency and an Adjunct Professor for International Marketing at the University of Ottawa and at McGill University.


Serdar Yilmaz
Public Sector Specialist 

Serdar Yilmaz is a Public Sector Specialist at the World Bank Institute (WBI). Serdar coordinates curriculum development activities of the WBI's Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Financial Management Program. In addition to his managerial assignments, he conducts research and produces scholarly work on the areas of public finance, regional development and intergovernmental fiscal design.

His research interest include the analysis of the decision making process in the public sector, intergovernmental policies in developing countries, and the role infrastructure service provision in regional development patterns. He has participated in many learning activities of the WBI and his research has appeared in leading academic journals and edited volumes in the field.

He has a graduate and a masters degree from the Istanbul University and a Masters and Ph.D degree from George Mason University.

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