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Social Protection & Labor Strategy Advisory Group

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Advisory Group

As part of the renewal of the World Bank Social Protection & Labor Strategy, we convened an external Advisory Group to bring expertise and insight to the development of the strategy. The strategy will establish priorities and renew the World Bank’s vision for the social protection sector in the decade ahead, with the objective of innovating and consolidating the World Bank’s work in the main social protection practice areas.

Advisory Group Composition & Role

The Vice President of the Human Development Network convened an external Advisory Group (AG) to bring advice and expert insights throughout the development of the new Social Protection & Labor Strategy from top thinkers and practitioners. The group is diverse in membership and geographic representation, in an effort to ensure multiple perspectives and specialized expertise. It is composed of esteemed academics, policy makers, and civil society from client countries, and is coordinated by Bank staff. The Advisory Group counsels the World Bank’s on the formulation and implementation of the Strategy by engaging in an open dialogue both with the other members of the Advisory Group and with relevant interest groups on issues critical to social protection. The World Bank understands that the views expressed by AG members do not necessarily reflect the views of the organizations, institutions or governments they are associated with. Likewise, the World Bank does not guarantee that the views and recommendations of the AG and/or individual members will be binding for the World Bank’s Social Protection & Labor Strategy.

bullet Report from first Advisory Group meeting, 27-28 April 2011

bullet Report from second Advisory Group meeting, 26-27 September 2011


First Meeting of the Strategy Advisory Group
L to R: Evgeny Gontmakher, Federica Marzo, James Dorbor Jallah (no longer member of AG), Romulo Paes de Sousa,
Arup Banerji, Laura Rawlings, Fatima Al-Balooshi, Victoria Garchitorena

Fatima M. Al-Balooshi

Dr. Fatima Al-Balooshi has been Minister of Social Development in Bahrain since 2005. Between 2004 and 2005, she was Dean at the College of Education and Chairman of the Department of Educational Technology, between 2000 and 2004. Dr. Al-Balooshi, is also member of several governmental and non-governmental organizations including, among many others, the Supreme Council for Women, the Economic Development Board, ICT Committee, Gender Economic Research and Policy Analysis (GERPA), Childhood, Disables and Elderly Committees (chairmen), Family Bank - Islamic Microfinance (founder and chairman), Information Center for Women and Children In Town (Member of the Board of Trustees), the International Society for Technology in Education, and the Bahraini Society for Childhood Development. Dr. Al-Balooshi holds a Doctorate in Education from Columbia University.

Cai Fang

Dr. Cai Fang is a member of Standing Committee of National People's Congress of China, Director and Professor at the Institute of Population and Labor Economics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Prior to this position, he was Deputy Director of the academy's Institute of Population Studies and Dean of the demography Department at the academy's graduate school. A Chief Editor of the Chinese Population Sciences magazine, Dr. Fang has a doctorate in economics from the Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, China.

Victoria Garchitorena

Ms. Victoria P. Garchitorena is a Managing Director of Ayala Corporation and President of Ayala Foundation, Inc. and Philippine Development Foundation (formerly Ayala Foundation, USA). Previously, she was founding Chair of the League of Corporate Foundations, Philippine Council for NGO Certification, Philippine Association for Volunteer Efforts, Metro South Cooperative Bank, and the Makati NGO Network. She is/has been Chair or Trustee of the following: Justice Cecilia Munoz Palma Foundation, Pinoy ME, Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation, EDSA People Power Commission, AIM Alumni Association, Mendiola Consortium, Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, College of the Holy Spirit, International Center for Innovation, Transformation and Excellence in Government, Management Association of the Philippines, among others. She was also a Board Member of the US-based Council on Foundations and is a Senior Adviser of the World Bank’s Asia-Pacific Advisory Council Against Corruption. Ms. Garchitorena also served as the Senior Consultant of the Office of the President of the Philippines, the Head of the Presidential Management Staff, Secretary to the Cabinet, and the Director of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Evgeny Gontmakher

Dr. Evgeny Gontmakher has been Member of the Executive Board of the Institute of Contemporary Development, in Russia, since April 2008 and Deputy Director of the Russian Academy of Science, Institute of World Economy and International Relations, since 2009. Dr. Gontmakher worked as Head of Department of Social Development in the Russian Government (1997-2003), as Deputy Chairman of the Presidential Council for Social Policy (1994-1995) and Deputy Minister of Social Protection (1993-1994) and Labor (1992-1993). He holds a doctorate in economics from the Central Economic Institute of the Russian Federation Planning Committee, Gosplan.

Samura Kamara

Samura Kamara is Minister of Finance and Development, Sierra Leone. He is also a former Governor of the Bank of Sierra Leone. Mr. Kamara held a number of senior government and international positions including Financial Secretary in the Ministry, Chairman of the African Caucus of Finance Ministers and Governors, and Chief Economics Officer in the Commonwealth Secretariat, London.

Ravi Kanbur

Dr. Ravi Kanbur is T. H. Lee Professor of World Affairs, International Professor of Applied Economics and Management, and Professor of Economics at Cornell University. He holds an appointment tenured both in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and in the Department of Economics in the College of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Kanbur has served on the staff of the World Bank, as Economic Adviser, Senior Economic Adviser, Resident Representative in Ghana, Chief Economist of the African Region of the World Bank, and Principal Adviser to the Chief Economist of the World Bank. He has also served as Director of the World Bank's World Development Report. He holds a doctorate in economics from the University of Oxford. He has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Essex, Warwick, Princeton and Columbia.

Rômulo Paes de Sousa

Dr. Rômulo Paes de Sousa is the Vice Minister of Social Development and Fight against Hunger in Brazil (MDS). Dr. Paes de Sousa worked as National Secretary of Evaluation and Information Management of MDS (2004-2007). He also worked as a Reader in the Social Science Post-Graduate Program at the Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-MG/Brazil), between 2002 and 2008. He has published six books on epidemiology and social policy evaluation, and several articles in scientific journals. He also worked in UK, South Africa and Egypt as a researcher and consultant on epidemiology and social policy evaluation. Dr. Paes de Sousa is a Medical Doctor, Social Medicine Specialist, and has a doctorate in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs

Dr. José Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs was appointed Executive Director of the International Labour Organization's Employment Sector in August 2005. Prior to joining the ILO Dr Salazar-Xirinachs was Chief Trade Advisor and Director of the Trade Unit (in 2004 became Office of Trade, Growth and Competitiveness) at the Organization of American States (OAS) (1998-2005). From 1997 to 1998, Dr. Salazar-Xirinachs was Minister of Foreign Trade of Costa Rica. From 1994 to 1997, he served as Executive Director of the Federation of Private Entities of Central America and Panama (FEDEPRICAP) and from 1990 to 1994, as the Federation’s Chief Economist. He was also a Member of the Board of Directors of the Central Bank of Costa Rica from 1995 to 1997. From 1988 to 1990 he was Executive President of the Costa Rican Development Corporation. Dr. Salazar-Xirinachs has a doctorate in economics from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.


Individual Advisory Group members will inform and advise the Strategy through:

  • Participating in online discussions on core issues related to the Strategy.
  • Participating in face-to-face meetings – as needed - of the Advisory Group.
  • Giving recommendations on core elements of the strategy, as they emerge.
  • Engaging in a wider debate around social protection within relevant interest groups and in international fora, as an input to the strategy.

A summary of the Advisory Group meetings will be posted publicly, without individual attribution. Advisory Group membership will not be remunerated.

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