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Sanctions Board Members

Mr. L. Yves Fortier, QC
External Member and Chair


Mr. L. Yves Fortier, a Canadian national, has served as Sanctions Board Chair since June 2012.  He is an attorney at law in Canada, with extensive experience in international independent arbitration. Mr. Fortier has served on more than 100 arbitral tribunals, including the International Court of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce (Paris) and the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).  From 1998 to 2001, he was President of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).  He was also appointed Judge ad hoc of the International Court of Justice in international boundary disputes in 1997 and 2002. 

Mr. Fortier served as Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations in New York from 1988 to 1992.  He has acted as lead counsel and chief negotiator for the Canadian government on many international issues.  Mr. Fortier is a Companion of the Order of Canada (highest ranking in the order).

Mr. Fortier holds a B.A. from the Université de Montréal, a B.C.L. from McGill University, and a B.Litt from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. 

Mr. Hassane Cissé
Internal Member

HC Web PhotoMr. Hassane Cissé, a Senegalese national, has served on the Sanctions Board since 2007. Mr. Cissé has been the World Bank’s Deputy General Counsel, Knowledge and Research, since 2009, in which capacity he provides intellectual leadership on strategic legal and policy issues facing the institution and leads the Bank’s knowledge agenda on law, justice and development.

In his prior position as the Bank’s Chief Counsel for Operations Policy, Mr. Cissé contributed to the modernization and simplification of the Bank’s legal and policy framework, and served as legal advisor on governance and anticorruption. Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Cissé was Counsel at the International Monetary Fund.

Mr. Cissé obtained his LL.B. (High Hons.) from Dakar University in Senegal. He also holds an LL.M. degree from Harvard Law School as well as graduate law degrees (Hons.) from the Universities of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne and Paris II – Panthéon-Assas, and a graduate degree in history from the University of Paris I – Panthéon-Sorbonne (High Hons.). Mr. Cissé is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Rule of Law.

Ms. Marielle Cohen-Branche
External Member

MCB Web PhotoMs. Marielle Cohen-Branche, a French national, has served on the Sanctions Board since 2007. Ms. Cohen-Branche has been a member of the French Court of Cassation since 2003.  She has an extensive career in public service and serves as a member of the French Fiscal Litigation Committee, the Sanctions Commission for the French Stock Exchange Regulator, and the National Banking Mediation Committee. From 1978 to 2002, Ms. Cohen-Branche was a senior executive and legal manager at an international banking institution. Prior to her time in the private sector, she served as General Secretary of CEDIMOM, a non-governmental organization that assists European countries operating in developing nations.

Ms. Cohen-Branche graduated from Sciences Po, Paris, and earned an LL.M. from the University of Paris. For her distinguished national service, Ms. Cohen-Branche has been awarded the French Legion of Honour.

Ms. Patricia Diaz Dennis
External Member

PDD Web PhotoMs. Patricia Diaz Dennis, a U.S. national, has served on the Sanctions Board since 2007. Ms. Dennis was Senior Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for AT&T Inc. until she retired in 2008.  She has served as a member of the National Labor Relations Board and as a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission. In 1992, Ms. Dennis received a third presidential appointment as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. 

 Ms. Dennis has received numerous honors in recognition of her leadership in the legal and Hispanic communities. Long active in the Girl Scouts of the USA, Ms. Dennis served as Chair of its Board of Directors from 2005 to 2008.

Ms. Dennis holds a B.A. from the University of California at Los Angeles and a J.D. from Loyola University of Los Angeles.

Ms. Catherine O'Regan
External Member

Ms. Catherine O’Regan, a national of South Africa, has served on the Sanctions Board since 2012. She is currently the President of the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal and Chairperson of the United Nations Internal Justice Council. Ms. O’Regan was a Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa from 1994 to 2009. From 2008-2012, she was appointed an ad hoc judge of the Supreme Court of Namibia.

Ms. O’Regan holds a B.A. and an LL.B from the University of Cape Town, an LL.M from the University of Sydney, and a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). She is an Honorary Professor at the University of Cape Town and a Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Oxford. Ms. O’Regan has been awarded numerous honorary degrees, including from the LSE and the University of South Africa.

Mr. Denis Robitaille
Internal Member

Mr. Denis Robitaille, a Canadian national, has served on the Sanctions Board since 2012. Mr. Robitaille is a development professional with 26 years of experience in several sectors, including procurement, transportation, and portfolio management. Since 2011, he has served as the World Bank's Chief Information Officer for Operations and Knowledge line of business in IMT (Information Management and Technology).

Prior to his present assignment as CIO, Mr. Robitaille managed the World Bank's Development Effectiveness Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean Region and held the position of Portfolio Manager in South East Asia, working with multiple countries, including Lao PDR, Thailand, Malaysia, and Cambodia, in overseeing the performance of the World Bank-financed portfolio. He additionally held the positions of Regional Procurement Manager for the East Asia and Pacific Region, and Task Team Leader of various projects in the transport sector.

Mr. Robitaille is a member of the Ordre des Ingenieurs du Quebec and holds a degree in Civil Engineering from Laval University.

Ms. Randi Ryterman
Internal Member

Ms. Randi Ryterman, a U.S. national, has served on the Sanctions Board since 2012. She joined the World Bank in 1992 and is currently Director for Collaborative Governance at the World Bank Institute (WBI). Prior to joining WBI, she managed the Public Sector Governance Anchor in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network, and led the Stolen Assets Recovery (StAR) Initiative, which is jointly implemented by the Bank and the United Nations Office for Drugs and Crimes. Ms. Ryterman previously worked in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Department and the Development Economics Research Group, where she conducted research and helped countries to implement institutional reforms to combat corruption and improve the delivery of public services.

Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Ryterman worked as an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, where she taught Comparative Economic Systems and International Trade. She has also worked in the private sector, on issues related to the regulation of the oil and gas industry.

Ms. Ryterman has a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Maryland. She has written widely on governance, anticorruption, and institutions in transition countries. She received the Ed A. Hewett Prize for an Outstanding Contribution to the Studies of the Political Economy of the Soviet Union and East Central Europe and their Successor States.

International Finance Corporation (IFC) Alternate Members

Mr. Syed Babar Ali
External IFC Alternate

Mr. Syed Babar Ali, a Pakistani national, has served as a Sanctions Board alternate since 2007. Mr. Ali is a Pakistani entrepreneur, industrialist and philanthropist, and a former Finance Minister of Pakistan for Economic Affairs and Planning. Mr. Ali founded the Lahore University of Management Sciences, and from 1996 to 1999 served as International President of the World Wildlife Fund. He has received honors and awards from the Governments of Sweden, the Netherlands, and United Kingdom, including appointment to the Order of the British Empire in 1997. Mr. Ali received his bachelor’s degree from Punjab University in Pakistan, and was awarded an honorary doctorate degree of laws from McGill University.


Mr. William Bulmer
Internal IFC Alternate


Mr. William (Bill) Bulmer, a U.K. national, has served as a Sanctions Board alternate since 2007.  He is currently Director of IFC’s Environment, Social and Governance Department.  Mr. Bulmer started his professional career in agribusiness, working for the Commonwealth Development Corporation with management assignments in Sarawak and Papua New Guinea.  He joined IFC in 1986 and has held a broad variety of investment positions, most recently as Global Head of Mining.  During 2001-2006, Mr. Bulmer was Associate Director of the Environment and Social Department, playing a major role in the development of IFC’s Policy and Performance Standards on Social and Environmental Sustainability.  In January, 2011 he re-joined the Department as Director and is now focused on helping the Corporation fulfill its strategic commitments to sustainable development.  

Mr. Bulmer was educated in the UK with a BSc(hons) from the University of Reading and an MBA from the Cranfield School of Management.

Ms. Robin Glantz
Internal IFC Alternate

GlantzWebMs. Robin Glantz, a U.S. national, has served as a Sanctions Board alternate since 2007. Ms. Glantz has a thirty-year career with IFC, working in various countries, regions and sectors, including general manufacturing and infrastructure, managing IFC’s Oil and Gas Division, and managing a portion of IFC’s Eastern Europe portfolio. She is currently a member of IFC's Credit Training Team. Ms. Glantz has a B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Harvard Business School. 


Mr. Rodrigo B. Oreamuno
External IFC Alternate

Mr. Rodrigo Oreamuno, a Costa Rican national, has served as a Sanctions Board alternate since 2007. Mr. Oreamuno was the First Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica from 1994 to 1998, and has also served as Minister of the Presidency of the Republic, member of the Costa Rican Congress, Alternate Justice of the Supreme Court, and Legal Advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Currently in private legal practice, Mr. Oreamuno specializes in commercial law, mergers and acquisitions, national and international arbitration, and international mediation.  He received his law degree from the University of Costa Rica.


Multilateral Insurance Guarantee Agency (MIGA) Alternate Members

Mr. Nabil Fawaz
Internal MIGA Alternate

NFawazWebMr. Nabil Fawaz, a Lebanese national, has served as a Sanctions Board alternate since 2007. Mr. Fawaz has almost twenty years of experience in the World Bank Group, having spent fifteen of those years in MIGA. He currently serves as Sector Leader for agribusiness, manufacturing, and services in MIGA’s Operations Group. Before joining MIGA, Mr. Fawaz worked at IFC, where he focused on the development of financial markets in sub-Saharan Africa. 


Mr. Fawaz holds a master’s degree in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management and a bachelor’s degree from Arizona State University, with a concentration in finance. 

Mr. Bernard Hanotiau
External MIGA Alternate

Mr. Bernard Hanotiau, a Belgian national, has served as a Sanctions Board alternate since 2007. Mr. Hanotiau, an attorney at law in Belgium and France, has held numerous leadership positions and memberships with leading international arbitration bodies, including the International Council for Commercial Arbitration Council and the Council of the International Chamber of Commerce Institute. Mr. Hanotiau has published and lectured extensively on international commercial law and arbitration, and is a member of the editorial boards of numerous international law and arbitration publications. He received his Ph.D. from Louvain University, where he is a Professor of Law; and an LL.M. from Columbia University.

Mr. Anne van’t Veer
External MIGA Alternate

Mr. Anne van't Veer, a Dutch national, has served as a Sanctions Board alternate since 2007. Mr. van’t Veer is a former Secretary-General of the Berne Union. He has held management and board positions with multiple major financial institutions and corporations, as well as positions in the International Monetary Fund and the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Finance of the Netherlands. He studied macroeconomics and monetary theory in the Netherlands. 

Internal MIGA Alternate

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