Charles D. Adwan is currently a consultant with the Social and Economic Development Group of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Vice Presidency specializing in governance issues. As a member of the MENA governance team, he participates in missions that work closely with senior officials to help realize their reform agendas. He was part of the core team that conducted consultations in the MENA region around the World Bank’s Governance and Anticorruption Strategy. Previously, Mr. Adwan was Executive Director of the Lebanese Transparency Association (TI-Lebanon), which he co-founded. In this capacity, he led many advocacy and awareness raising initiatives in Lebanon and in MENA. He also played a key role in the establishment of several regional and global networks such as the Arab Region Parliamentarians Against Corruption. He conducted research and published on many governance issues, such as freedom of information, nepotism, corporate governance, electoral reform, and corruption in post-war reconstruction.
Edouard Al-Dahdahis an Operations Officer who has been working at the World Bank since 2001, first in the Middle East and North Africa Unit, then at the World Bank Institute. He is one of the core authors of the World Bank report on Better Governance for Development in the Middle East and North Africa: Enhancing Inclusiveness and Accountability, published in 2003, and is currently working on producing a companion volume. His fields of expertise include the political economy of institutional reforms and quantitative economic history. His interests also include anticorruption reforms and governance indicators. He did his graduate work at the University of Chicago and Georgetown University, and his undergraduate work at the American University of Beirut.
Robert P. Beschel Jr. is currently Lead Public Sector Specialist for the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Vice Presidency, where he is responsible for coordinating the Bank’s work on governance and public management throughout the MENA region. He sits on the World Bank’s Public Sector Governance Board, which manages the Bank’s global practice on governance and public management. Previously, Mr. Beschel was Lead Public Sector Specialist in the World Bank’s South Asia Vice Presidency. From 1996-1999, he served as Strategy and Policy Officer at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, where he was the principal author of the ADB’s anticorruption policy (which was approved unanimously by the Board in July 1997) and Vice President of the ADB Staff Council. He has served as a long-term consultant to the World Bank Institute and as Executive Director of Project Liberty, a major initiative of Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government to promote public sector reform in economies in transition. Mr. Beschel has a Masters degree in Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Masters and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard’s Government Department. He has worked on issues of governance and public management in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Caribbean and the Pacific.
Rami George Khouri is a Palestinian-Jordanian and US citizen. An internationally syndicated political columnist and author, he is the first director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, and also serves as a nonresident senior fellow at the Kennedy School of Harvard University and the Dubai School of Government. He is editor at large, and former executive editor, of the Beirut-based Daily Star newspaper. He was awarded the Pax Christi International Peace Prize for 2006. He teaches annually at American University of Beirut, University of Chicago and Northeastern University. He has been a fellow and visiting scholar at Harvard University, Mount Holyoke College, Syracuse University and Stanford University, and is a member of the Brookings Institution Task Force on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World. He is a Fellow of the Palestinian Academic Society for the Study of International Affairs (Jerusalem), and a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard University Divinity School. He has hosted programs on archaeology, history and current public affairs on Jordan Television. He has BA and MSc degrees respectively in political science and mass communications from Syracuse University.
Sahar Nasr is a Senior Financial Economist in the Finance and Private Sector Development Unit of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank (MENA). Over a 12-year career at the Bank, she has held positions across MENA in areas such as financial sector reform, private sector development, economic management, and corporate governance. A central focus of her work is the financial sector, including banking sector reform, governance of state-owned banks, access to finance, and mortgage finance. She is the Task Manager of two Financial Sector Development Policy Loans, Mortgage Finance Project, and technical assistance on Regulatory Reforms and Anti-corruption in Egypt, as well as the Financial Sector Technical Assistance in Yemen. As a core team member of the Governance Team in MENA, she played a central role in consultations in Egypt on the Bank’s new Governance and Anticorruption (GAC) strategy. Dr. Nasr has task managed the Access to Finance and Growth in Egypt and has co-authored Investment Climate Assessments (ICAs) focusing on access to finance. She is also the gender focal point in the Cairo office, where she is responsible for leading the policy dialogue. She has authored numerous publications in top academic journals. Prior to joining the Bank, she worked on both the public and private sector reform issues, including financial sector reforms, privatization of state-owned enterprises, labor deployment and market assessments. She has a Ph.D in Economics from Cairo University (Faculty of Economics and Political Science), and is an Associate Professor of Economics at the American University in Cairo and the British University in Egypt.
Andrew H. W. Stoneis Lead Private Sector Development Specialist in the Finance and Private Sector Unit of the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank. A central focus of his work is the Investment Climate: assessing country conditions for private enterprise operation and growth, and developing (in partnership with counterparts) strategy and operations to address key constraints. In MENA he has authored or co-authored ICAs and other work on Lebanon, Syria, Yemen, Egypt and Saudi Arabia. He is task manager of a development policy loan to Yemen addressing governance and investment climate constraints, and of technical assistance to Egypt on regulatory reform and anti-corruption. Over a 17 year career at the Bank, he has worked on both the methods for assessing the investment climate through private enterprise surveys, pioneering the measurement of costs of regulatory and administrative compliance. In addition, his work has investigated the identification and application of appropriate institutional approaches to regulatory reform. He has also led research and training on Business-Government consultation in market-oriented reform. Mr. Stone is coauthor of the book Investment Climate Around the World: Voices of the firms from the World Business Environment Survey (with Geeta Batra and Daniel Kaufmann, 2003: World Bank, 2003) and author of multiple articles, World Bank discussion papers and web-based resources on private sector development, business transactions costs, and empirical evaluation of business constraints.
Lida Bteddini joined the World Bank's Social and Economic Development Group of the MENA Vice Presidency in September, 2007. She has a dual-Bachelor's degree in International Relations and Philosophy from the American University of Washington D.C and a Master's degree from A.U in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs, with an emphasis on development and global governance issues. She completed a year-long study at the American University of Beirut where she studied political science and specifically Middle Eastern politics. Her research interests include social and economic development as well as good governance.
FLORENCE BRILLAUD is currently a consultant with the Social and Economic Development Group of the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Vice Presidency specializing in public sector, financial management, and governance issues. As a member of the MENA governance team, she participates in analytical works to help realize governance reform agendas. She is also playing a central role in the design and the implementation of public administrative reforms in Algeria, Morocco, and Tunisia. Previously she served as an auditor in the General Inspectorate for social affairs in France where she conducted financial, legal, and performance audits. She also served as a budget officer in a decentralized organization and as a legal advisor with the French Ministry of Finance. She graduated from the French Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA).
ARUN ARYA joined the World Bank on December 10, 2006 as the Senior Public Sector Management Specialist and is based in Sana'a, Republic of Yemen, where he is working on Governance Reforms, with a special focus on PFM Reforms, Anti-Corruption Reforms, and Civil Service Reforms. Before joining the World Bank, Arun has also worked for the Royal Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (DANIDA) as the Senior Sector Advisor, and in the department of Water and Sanitation for the Government of the Republic of Bangladesh from February 2004 to February 2006, where he was responsible to prepare the Sector Development Program on the principles of local governance through SWAP. He received his Bachelor Honor's degree in Economics from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India in 1983, followed by a Master's degree in Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India in 1985.
RICK MESSICK joined the World Bank in April, 1997 as a Senior Public Sector Specialist in the Public Sector and Governance Group to advise Bank staff on judicial reform. He now advises on a broad range of governance and anticorruption issues including right to information, conflict of interest, legislative and regulatory reform, and was recently named to advise Bank clients on the Bank's Stolen Asset Recovery or StAR initiative. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was a senior consultant to Freedom House, a U.S based organization that promotes human rights and freedom around the globe, a senior fellow at Hernando de Soto's Instituto Libertad y Democracia in Lima, Peru, a non-governmental organization in Kyiv, Ukraine. His experience ranges from the task team leader for a forthcoming governance project in PNG and is/has been a member or advisor to teams overseeing governance, anticorruption, or private sector reform projects in Mongolia, the Philippines, Venezuela, Kenya, Peru, Guatemala, Colombia, Croatia, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bosnia, Vietnam, Morocco, Jordan, Bulgaria, Indonesia, West Bank/Gaza, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, India, East Timor, Thailand, Sudan, and Argentina.
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