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Current Panel Members


Alf Morten Jerve, Chairperson


Alf Jerve


Mr. Alf Jerve, a national of Norway, brings to the Panel close to three decades of work in the field of development. As a Social Anthropologist by training, he has been engaged in a wide range of development activities including extensive field research in Africa and Asia. Among his assignments was a three year posting to Tanzania with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation as coordinator of a rural development program. From 1993-95 he was responsible for resettlement and rehabilitation issues with projects in Bangladesh during an assignment with the World Bank. In 1995 he became Assistant Director, and served as Director in 2005 and 2006, at the Christian Michelsen Institute in Norway, an internationally recognized development research institution where he has also devoted his energies and expertise to do research and analysis of a wide variety of policy and program issues affecting people in developing countries. 

Over the years, Mr. Jerve also has led and participated in numerous independent evaluations commissioned by bilateral and multilateral development agencies, and served as a Member of the Roster of Experts for the Asian Development Bank’s Inspection Function. He earned his Magister Degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Bergen and his Bachelor’s degree is in the areas of Environmental Science and Biology. His publications have focused on rural development, decentralization and poverty reduction and most recently on issues of ownership in development aid cooperation.



Eimi Watanabe, Panel Member


Eimi Watanabe

Ms. Eimi Watanabe, a Japanese national, was appointed to the Inspection Panel on November 1, 2009. Throughout her career, Ms Watanabe has demonstrated a commitment to applying analytical as well as participatory approaches to development programs, and a strong track record of working collaboratively with civil society organizations, governments and other development organizations. A sociologist by training, she has been involved in a wide range of substantive areas, both at the project and policy levels, including poverty reduction, gender, child health and nutrition, governance, capacity development, environment and migration. Ms Watanabe earned a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and received her B.A. in Sociology from the International Christian University in Tokyo. From 1998 to 2001 she served as Assistant Secretary General and Director of the UNDP’s Bureau for Development Policy. Prior to that she was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh, and UNICEF Representative in India. Recently she has served as a member of the Strategic and Audit Advisory Committee of the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). Ms. Watanabe brings to the Panel more than thirty years of experience in the field of development.


Zeinab Bashir El Bakri, Panel Member


Zeinab Bashir El Bakri - Inspection Panel Member

Ms. Zeinab Bashir El Bakri, a national of Sudan, was appointed to the Inspection Panel on September 1, 2012. She brings to the Panel more than 20 years of development experience. She built a distinguished and broad career at the African Development Bank (AfDB), where her last position was Vice President Operations from 2006-2009. In addition, between 1991 and 2005, she served in a number of positions at AfDB spanning multiple regions of Africa; focusing on portfolios including social development, gender, agriculture and agro-industry, climate change and governance; and gained expertise in both policy development and operations. After leaving AfDB, she was appointed Director of the Delivery Unit for the Office of His Highness the Prime Minister of Kuwait, responsible for ensuring delivery of reform initiatives. Ms. El Bakri’s time at the African Development Bank was preceded by an academic career at the University of Khartoum, where she was Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology and also managed the Women and Development Programme of the Development Studies and Research Center. Her early career included a number of consultancies within the UN System, philanthropy and international NGOs.

Throughout her career, Ms. El Bakri has worked on evaluation issues based on meticulous attention to facts. Her work at AfDB included service on the Board Committee on Development Effectiveness and responsibility for Management responses to Independent Evaluations within her sectors. She was also responsible for establishing AfDB’s Governance, Economic and Financial Reforms Department. Ms. Bakri holds a Ph.D. in Sociology & Anthropology from Hull University and received her M.A. and B.A. in Sociology from the American University in Cairo.



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