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 Development Co-operation Report 2012 Launch | Heads of Delegation

Development Co-operation Report 2012 Launch

HLM2012 Brian Atwood

J. Brian Atwood
DAC Chair

J. Brian Atwood was unanimously elected Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in January 2011. From 1993 to 1999 during the administration of President William Clinton, Mr. Atwood served as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to this, he led the Transition Team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management. During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. In 1981‐82, he was Dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute.

From 2002-10, Mr. Atwood was Dean of the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Other prior positions include President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens International (1999-2002) and founding President of the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs (1985-1993). In 2001, he served on United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations.

HLM2012 Angel Gurria

Angel Gurría
OECD Secretary-General

Angel Gurría came to the OECD following a distinguished career in public service, including two ministerial posts. As Mexico’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from December 1994 to January 1998, he made dialogue and consensus-building one of the hallmarks of his approach to global issues. From January 1998 to December 2000, he was Mexico’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit.

As OECD Secretary-General, since June 2006, he has reinforced the OECD's role as a ‘hub” for global dialogue and debate on economic policy issues while pursuing internal modernization and reform. Under his leadership, OECD has expanded its membership to include Chile, Estonia, Israel and Slovenia and opened accession talks with Russia. The OECD is now an active participant in both the G-8 and the G-20 Summit processes. Mr. Gurría  was the first recipient of the Globalist of the Year Award of the Canadian International Council to honour his efforts as a global citizen to promote trans-nationalism, inclusiveness, and a global consciousness.  

HLM2012 Charlotte Oades

Charlotte Oades
Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, Coca-Cola Company

As The Coca-Cola Company's Global Director, Women's Economic Empowerment, Charlotte is leading the development and implementation of the Company's global strategy in this important area.  This includes the ambitious '5 BY 20' initiative to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020.

Charlotte's abilities and achievements have been recognised in an impressive series of leading roles in Marketing, Public Affairs & Communications, and Corporate Management. She brings significant worldwide experience to her role having successively risen through national and international roles in North America, the Pacific and Europe.  Her commitment and leadership in driving an integrated business focus on sustainability during her tenure as President of Coca-Cola Great Britain led to her most recently leading the Company's sustainability strategy across the European business in her role as European Group Director of Corporate Identity, Public Affairs & Communications. Charlotte has been listed among Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” in July 2012 and Newsweek's '150 Women Who Shake the World' in March 2011.

HLM 2012 EC Piebalgs

Andris Piebalgs
European Commissioner for Development

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who has occupied key positions in both the national and European political fields. During the first Barroso Commission starting in November 2004, he was the European Commissioner for Energy. In that capacity, he led the development of a more competitive, sustainable and secure European energy system, which is one of the crowning achievements of the Barroso Commission.

He was appointed European Commissioner for Development in 2009 and is currently working on modernising its aid policy and delivery mechanisms. In 2011 he was invited, as the only politician, to join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Group on “Sustainable Energy for All”, leading the task force on universal access. Before joining the commission, Andris Piebalgs pursued a political career, running strategic ministerial portfolios and helping Latvia to play its role in the EU.

HLM2012 Erik Solheim

‌Erik Solheim
Incoming DAC Chair

Erik Solheim will take the lead of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC) in January 2013, a position to which he was unanimously elected in October 2012. From 2007 to 2012 he held the combined portfolio of Norway’s Minister of the Environment and International Development; he also served as Minister of International Development from 2005 to 2007. During his time as Minister, Mr. Solheim emphasised the importance of conflict prevention, highlighted capital, taxation and business as engines of development, and sought to integrate development assistance into overall foreign policy.

From 2000 to 2005, Mr. Solheim was the main negotiator in the peace process in Sri Lanka. He also served as a Special Adviser at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during this time period. Mr. Solheim represented the Socialist Left Party (SV) as a member of the Storting, the Norwegian parliament, from 1989 to 2001.

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Heads of Delegation

Australia Baxter

Australia:
Peter Baxter
Director General of AusAID

Peter Baxter is an experienced senior career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).  He joined DFAT in 1988. He has been on a number of overseas postings, including Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vietnam.  Mr Baxter’s most recent posting was as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, D.C. from 2002 to 2005. In 2000 Mr Baxter was appointed as Special Envoy of the Foreign Minister to Solomon Islands.

In May 2010 Mr Baxter was appointed Director General at AusAID. Prior to moving to AusAID, Mr Baxter headed DFAT's Consular, Public Diplomacy and Parliamentary Affairs Division. His previous Canberra assignments have included senior management roles heading the Consular and Passports (2000), Corporate Management (2000 to 2001), Market Development (2001 to 2002) and North Asia (2005 to 2008) Divisions with DFAT. Mr Baxter holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Australian National University.

HLM2012 Austria Linhart

Austria: ‌
Michael Linhart
Director General, Department of Development Cooperation, Federal Ministry for European and Internal Affairs

Michael Linhart was appointed Director General of the Department for Development Cooperation at the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs in January 2012. Prior to his appointment as Director General, Dr Linhart served as the Austrian Ambassador in Athens from 2007 to 2012 and in Damascus from 2000 to 2003. He held the office of Managing Director of the Austrian Development Agency from 2003 to 2007. Dr Linhart has also served as Minister Plenipotentiary at the Austrian Embassy in Zagreb (1992-1995) and in Damascus (1988-1992).

Other positions Dr Linhart has held include Deputy Chief of Cabinet of the Foreign Minister from 1995 to 2000 and Diplomatic Advisor in the Cabinet of the Chancellor (2000). He served in different directorates (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, Consular Affairs, Multilateral Economic Affairs) at the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters from 1986 to 1988. He also worked at the Austrian Embassy in Addis Ababa during this period.

HLM2012 Belgium De Wispelaere

Belgium:
Frank De Wispelaere

Advisor General, Director of the Thematic Direction, Directorate General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs

Following his promotion as Advisor General, Frank De Wispelaere was appointed Director of the Thematic Direction in the Directorate General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs in June 2012. Prior to this appointment, Mr De Wispelaere was interim Director of the Civil Society Direction in 2012 and of the former Multilateral Direction (2011-12). He was Head of the European Union Unit from October 2004.

He served as Principal Administrator at the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, where he was in charge of disarmament and non-proliferation issues (1999-2003). Between 1988 and 1999, he served as advisor in several Ministerial Cabinets, were he dealt, inter alia, with Central Africa. Mr De Wispelaere holds a Master’s in Psychology from the University of Leuven. Frank De Wispelaere was born in 1956 in Brugge.

HLM 2012 Canada Biggs

Canada:
Margaret Biggs

President, Canadian International Deveopment Agency

Margaret Biggs was appointed President of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on 1 July 2008. Prior to her appointment at CIDA, she was Deputy Secretary to Cabinet, Plans and Consultation in the Privy Council Office, a position she held since May 2006.

Ms Biggs has held a variety of senior positions in the federal government including: Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Priorities and Planning, Privy Council Office; Assistant Deputy Minister, Human Investment Programs; and Associate Executive Head, Strategic Policy, Human Resources Development Canada.  Ms Biggs has a Master of Arts in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia.  She began her career as a Research Officer and later Director of Research for the North South Institute. 

HLM 2012 Chile Daccarett

Chile
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Jorge Daccarett

Executive Director, Chilean International Cooperation Agency

Jorge Daccarett has been Executive Director of the Chilean International Cooperation Agency (AGCI) since 2011. He formerly worked for international companies in Argentina and Spain and was the Executive Director of the Bethlehem Foundation and the Chilean Arab Business Council (ChileArab) in Santiago.  While working for ChileArab, Mr Daccarett led the Chilean-Arab private sector co-operation with Palestine in areas such as health, nutrition and education. He has also been an adviser to the Chilean Export Promotion Direction (ProChile) and to Uruguay XXI in matters related to the Arab world.

Mr Daccarett has taught International Business at the Universidad de Los Andes, holds an MBA from the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez and is an Industrial Engineer from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.

HLM 2012 Czech Republic Dub

Czech Republic:
Tomáš Dub

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs

Mr Tomáš Dub was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic in August 2010. He was the Head of the Permanent Delegation to the NATO Parliamentary Assembly from 2006 to 2010, serving as a member of the Standing Committee, the Political Committee and the Subcommittee on Transatlantic Economic Relations.

As a member of Parliament, he served as Vice-Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies and was a member of the Committee for Defence and Security from 2006-10. He chaired the Subcommittees on the Presentation of the Czech Republic Abroad and on Aviation and Astronautics, and he was a member of the Standing Committee on Banking and the Committee on Foreign Affairs from 2002 to 06. During this same period, Mr Dub was a member of the Prague City Council, serving as President of the Foreign Affairs Committee from 2004 to 2006. He held the office of Mayor of the Prague 7 municipal district from 1994 to 2002.

HLM2012 Denmark Bach

Denmark:
Ch
ristian Friis Bach
Minister for Development Cooperation

Christian Friis Bach completed his MSc in agronomy from the Royal Danish Agricultural University in Copenhagen in 1992 and subsequently his PhD in International Economics in 1996. During his PhD studies, Minister Friis Bach took on a position at the International Trade Division of the World Bank in Washington D.C.

Upon completion of his PhD studies, Friis Bach continued in academia, firstly as Assistant Professor in Development Economics at the Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen, and subsequently as Associate Professor at the Royal Danish Agricultural University. In 2005, Friis Bach became International Director at the Danish NGO DanChurchAid, a position he held for five years. Prior to being appointed Minister for Development Cooperation, Friis Bach acted as Special Adviser to EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard.

HLM 2012 EC Piebalgs

European Commission:
Andris Piebalgs

European Commissioner for Development

European Commissioner for Development Andris Piebalgs is an experienced Latvian politician who has occupied key positions in both the national and European political fields. During the first Barroso Commission starting in November 2004, he was the European Commissioner for Energy. In that capacity, he led the development of a more competitive, sustainable and secure European energy system, which is one of the crowning achievements of the Barroso Commission.

He was appointed European Commissioner for Development in 2009 and is currently working on modernising its aid policy and delivery mechanisms. In 2011 he was invited, as the only politician, to join UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Group on “Sustainable Energy for All”, leading the task force on universal access. Before joining the commission, Andris Piebalgs pursued a political career, running strategic ministerial portfolios and helping Latvia to play its role in the EU.

HLM2012 Estonia Reinart

Estonia:
Väino Reinart

Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Trade and Development Cooperation

Ambassador Väino Reinart has served in the Estonian diplomatic service since 1992 and currently holds the position of Under-Secretary for Political Affairs, Trade and Development Cooperation. He has been the non-resident Ambassador to Afghanistan and Special Representative of Estonia to Afghanistan and Pakistan since 2011.

During his longstanding career he has held different high-level positions, including: Secretary General (1992), Director General for Political Department (1999-2001), Permanent Undersecretary for Political Affairs (2001-2002), Permanent Representative to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) (1995-99), Permanent Representative to the European Union (2002-07), and Ambassador to the United States of America, Canada and Mexico (2007-11).  

HLM2012 Finland Hautala.

‌Finland:
Heidi Hautala
Minister for International Development

Heidi Hautala is the Minister for International Development in the Finnish government since June 2011. She is in charge of development policy and co-operation and the government’s ownership steering issues. Prior to her appointment as Minister, Ms Hautala was a member of the European Parliament and the chair of the Parliament’s Subcommittee on Human Rights and thus in charge of the European Parliament’s human rights policy in EU external relations. Throughout the years, she has promoted human rights, transparency, environmental responsibility, gender equality and global justice.

Ms Hautala has extensive experience working in and with civil society. She has chaired various civil society organisations (CSOs) - for example, the Finnish Service Centre for Development Cooperation (Kepa), an umbrella organisation of Finnish CSOs active in development co-operation. Previously, Ms Hautala has also served as a member of the Finnish Parliament.

HLM2012 France Châtaigner

France:
Jean-Marc Châtaigner‌
Deputy Director General for Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Jean-Marc Châtaigner is the Deputy Director General for Global Affairs, Development and Partnerships at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before his appointment as Deputy Director General, Mr Châtaigner held the position of Ambassador of France to Madagascar from 2009 to 2012. Mr Châtaigner served as part of the Permanent Mission of France to the UN from 1998 to 2004, first as Financial Attaché in the economic section and then as Second Advisor (African Affairs). He was Deputy Head of Mission of Cooperation and Cultural Action of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire) from 1992 to 1995.

Other positions Mr Châtaginer has held include: Deputy Director of Development and Technical Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2001-04) and Director of the Department of Management and Strategic Relationships at the French Development Agency (2004-07).

HLM 2012 Germany Kopp

Germany:
Gudrun Kopp

Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

Gudrun Kopp has been Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) since October 2009. She has been a member of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) since 1975. In 1998, she was elected to the German Bundestag (lower house of the German Parliament), where she took on the task of FDP parliamentary spokesperson on consumer policy, then later energy policy and consumer issues, and energy policy and global trade issues from 2005 to 2009. While serving in the German Bundestag, she was a member of the Committee on Economic Affairs and Technology, the Committee on Economic Affairs and Employment, and the Subcommittee on Regional Economic Policy. From 1998 to 2002, she served as spokesperson of the Study Commission on Globalisation of the World Economy.

Gudrun Kopp is the German Governor for the regional development banks (i.e. African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, Caribbean Development Bank and Inter-
American Development Bank).

HLM2012 Iceland Marelsdottir

Iceland: María Erla Marelsdottir
Director General of International Development Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador María Erla Marelsdottir was appointed Director General of International Development Cooperation of the Directorate of International Development Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, in January 2012. She was appointed Ambassador in December 2011 and Chairperson of the Negotiating Team for External Trade, Foreign and Security Affairs in Iceland’s Accession Negotiations with the EU in 2009.

Prior to her appointment she served as Director of the Department of International Trade Negotiations for Iceland’s EU Accession at the Directorate General of External Trade and Economic Affairs, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (2009-11) and as Counselor at the Directorate (2007-09). Other positions she has held include: Counselor and First Secretary at the Embassy of Iceland in Stockholm (2001-05) and the Embassy of Iceland in Bonn and Berlin (1998-2001), and First Secretary at the External Trade Department, Ministry for Foreign Affairs (1997-98). She has a Master’s in European Law from Stockholm University.

HLM2012 Ireland Costello

‌Ireland:
Joe Costello T.D.
Minister of State with responsability for trade and development, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Minister Joe Costello T.D. was first elected to Seanad Éireann (the Senate) in 1989. He served in the Seanad until 1992 and again as Leader of the Labour Seanad Group from 1997 to 2002. He was elected to Dáil Eireann (the House of Representatives) in 1992 and served until 1997. The Minister was re-elected to Dáil Eireann in 2002 and has been elected to the Dáil in every subsequent election.

The Minister served as the Labour Party Representative on the British Irish Parliamentary Body from 1997 to 2007 and was Chairperson of Labour's Policy Development Commission from 1995 to 2002. Minister Costello has been the Labour Party Spokesperson on Education, Justice, Defense, European Affairs, Human Rights and Transport. Prior to his Ministerial appointment, Minister Costello served as Chairperson of the Dáil Committee of European Union Affairs. The Minister has also served as Chairperson of the Oireachtas (Irish Parliament) Joint Committee on European Affairs.

HLM2012 Isarael Carmon

Israel:
Daniel Carmon

Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Head of MASHAV

Ambassador Daniel Carmon was appointed Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Head of MASHAV – Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation – in 2011. From 2005 to 2010, Ambassador Carmon served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative at Israel’s Mission to the United Nations in New York. He served as Head of the Bureau for Coordination and Director of the Director General’s Bureau in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2000 to 2005. He held the position of Head of the Information and Internet Division in the Department of Public Affairs from 1996 to 2000.

Ambassador Carmon joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1973 and was a member of the Israeli Delegation to the Camp David peace talks (1978). Other positions he has held with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include: Deputy Director of the Personnel Division and Deputy Chief of Mission in Israel’s embassy in Buenos Aires.

HLM2012 Italy Dassu

Italy:
Marta Dassù

Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Marta Dassù was Director General for International Activities at the Aspen Institute Italia until her appointment as Under-Secretary of State of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She remains Editor-in-Chief of the journal Aspenia. She has been a member of the Scientific Committee of Confindustria and is a member of the Trilateral Commission. She sits on the Board of Directors of IAI (Istituto Affari Internazionali) of Rome as well as of the following institutes: the Turin-based Centro di Alti Studi sulla Cina contemporanea, the Istituto di Studi diplomatici of Rome, and IFRI (Institut Français des Relations Internationales) in Paris.

She headed the “Strategic Reflection Group” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2006 to 2007 and was International Relations Advisor to Prime Ministers Massimo D’Alema and Giuliano Amato. She was inducted into the Légion d'Honneur in 2003. She taught International Relations at Rome’s La Sapienza University in 2001 and 2002. She is an editorial contributor to the daily newspaper La Stampa.

HLM2012 Japan Tanaka

‌Japan:
Akihiko Tanaka

Special Assistant
to the Minister for Foreign Affairs; President, JICA

Before joining the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in April 2012, Dr Tanaka held multiple positions at the University of Tokyo. He served as a Professor of International Politics, Director of the Institute of Oriental Culture (from 2002 to 2006), Director of the International Relations Division (from 2008 to 2010), and Vice President (from 2009 to 2012).

He has been a member of various Japanese government advisory groups, including the Reform Advisory Board of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Advisory Group on International Cooperation for Peace, and the Council on Security and Defense Capabilities. Dr Tanaka obtained his Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from the University of Tokyo in 1977 and his PhD in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1981.

HLM 2012 Korea Sung-han

Korea:
Kim Sung-han

Vice Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

H.E. Kim Sung-han has served as the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade since February 2012. His main responsibility includes multilateral diplomacy in the areas of development co-operation, international organisations and international legal affairs.

Before he joined the Foreign Ministry, he taught international relations at the Graduate School of International Studies of Korea University. His academic interests range from Korean-US relations to international security policies.  He was a member of the Presidential Commission for National Security Review and the Presidential Commission for Defense Reform. He earned his PhD in Political Science from the University of Texas at Austin.

HLM 2012 Luxembourg

Luxembourg:
Léon Delvaux
Deputy Director of Development Co-operation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Léon Delvaux has served as the Deputy Director of Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2010. He was also appointed the non-resident Ambassador to Montenegro in 2011. From 2005 to 2010, Mr Delvaux served as the Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the European Union in charge of co-ordinating dossiers under the responsibility of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (COREPER). Starting in 2007, he also served as a Legal Advisor and as the representative of Luxembourg at the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) that led to the Lisbon Treaty in 2008.

Mr Delvaux began working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2001. He held various positions within the Political Affairs Division from 2001 to 2005, including Desk Officer for the Western Balkans from 2003 to 2005. He obtained a Master’s in Law from the University of Paris II- Assas and the University of Oxford in 2001 and a Master’s in History from the University of Paris IV-Sorbonne in 1998.

HLM2012 Netherlands Ploumen

Netherlands:
Lilianne Ploumen‌

Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation

Lilianne Ploumen was appointed Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in November 2012. From 1990 to 1992 Ms Ploumen was a Marketing and Research Manager for Foster Parents Plan in Amsterdam. She then moved to PLAN, the London-based umbrella organisation, in 1993. In 1995 she founded Ploumen Projecten, an organisation specialising in market research and innovation for commercial and non-profit clients. In the same year she also began working as a fundraising co-ordinator for Mama Cash, an international fund supporting women’s initiatives, going on to serve as Director of the organisation from 1996 to 2001.

From 2001 to 2007 Ms Ploumen worked for the development organisation Cordaid, first as Head of Quality and Strategy and later as Director of International Programmes. Ms Ploumen was Chair of the Labour Party (PvdA) from October 2007 to January 2012, and was a member of the Labour Party’s South-North Committee.

HLM2012 New Zealand Ellis

New Zealand:
Amanda Ellis

Head of New Zealand Aid Programme; Deputy Secretary, International Development Group, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Amanda Ellis is the Head of the New Zealand Aid Programme. Amanda is the only woman who holds the title of Deputy Secretary in New Zealand’s foreign service and is the first woman to head New Zealand’s Aid Programme. Ms Ellis was previously Lead Specialist on Gender in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group at the World Bank. Ms Ellis also managed the World Bank President’s Global Private Sector Leaders Forum to promote women’s economic empowerment. In 2004 Ms Ellis founded the Gender Entrepreneurship Markets (GEM) programme at the International Finance Corporation.

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ms Ellis was Head of Women’s Markets and National Manager for Women in Business for Westpac Banking Corporation in Australia. An economist specialising in international trade and development, Ms Ellis worked for the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 1988 to 1997. In 2011, Ms Ellis received the International Alliance for Women’s (TIAW) World of Difference Lifetime Achievement Award.

HLM2012 Norway Gadgil

Norway:
Arvinn Gadgil
State Secretary for International Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Arvinn Gadgil was appointed State Secretary for International Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in April 2012. Prior to his appointment, Mr Gadgil served as a political advisor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2009 to 2012, acting also as a political advisor for the Ministry of the Environment from 2008 to 2009. He has been a member of the Socialist Left Party since 2007 and was the Head of a team of experts on international finance and trade within the Socialist Left Party from 2007 to 2008.

Mr Gadgil took part in the Foreign Service Trainee Programme from 2006 to 2008, working with the Afghanistan Team from 2006 to 2007. He worked for Development Fund Norway as an Executive Officer in Sri Lanka in 2006 and as an Information Officer for civilian national service from 2003 to 2004. He received a Master’s in Development Studies and Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science in 2005.

HLM2012 Poland Wojciechowski
Poland: Paweł Wojciechowski
Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD

Ambassador Paweł Wojciechowski took up his duties as Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD in August 2010. Also within the OECD he took up a position of Chairman of the Governing Board of the Development Centre. Mr Wojciechowski has academic, corporate and government experience. From March 2009 until his nomination as Permanent Representative of Poland to the OECD, Mr Wojciechowski was Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Poland, responsible for economic co-operation and development.

From 2007 to 2009 he headed the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency, and in 2006, he was entrusted with the position of Minister of Finance, earlier serving as economic advisor to the Prime Minister. From 1995 to 2005, he worked as CEO of three financial institutions, including Allianz Polska PTE S.A. for six years.  

HLM2012 Portugal Pereira

Portugal:
Luís Brites Pereira
Secretary of State for Foreign and Cooperation Affairs

Luis Brites Pereira has served as the Portuguese Secretary of State for Foreign and Cooperation Affairs since June 2011. His previous experience in government includes serving as an economic advisor to the Ministry of the Economy on Portugal’s technological and innovation policy in 2005.

Mr Pereira was educated in Witwatersrand University in South Africa and NOVA University in Portugal, where he obtained a PhD in International Economics in 2005. His doctoral thesis addressed the credibility of fixed exchange rate arrangements of selected Portuguese-speaking countries. Prior to his current appointment, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NOVA, the Deputy Director of its Centre for Globalisation and Governance and a Research Fellow at the Tropical Research Institute, Lisbon. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at the Wits Business School in Johannesburg in 2010. His recent research has focused on globalisation and governance interactions in emerging and developing economies, especially in Africa.

HLM2012 Slovak Republic Burian

Slovak Republic:
Peter Burian
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic

Peter Burian was appointed State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic in April 2012. Prior to his appointment as State Secretary, he served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary at the Slovak Embassy in Washington, D.C. from 2008 to 2012, to the United Nations in New York from 2004 to 2008 and to NATO in Brussels from 1999 to 2003. While working as Ambassador to the UN, Mr Burian also served as the Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the UN Security Council from 2006 to 2008. He held various positions at the Slovak Embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1993 to 1997, including Deputy Chief of Mission.

Within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, Mr Burian served as the Director of the Policy Planning and Analysis Department from 2003 to 2004 and the Director General for Human Dimension Affairs in 1997. He worked in the Middle East Department of the Czechoslovak Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1983 to 1992.

HLM2012 London

Spain:
Jesús Gracia Aldaz
Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America

Jesús Gracia Aldaz has degrees in Law and Philology from the University of Zaragoza. Mr Gracia joined the Diplomatic Corps in 1985. He served as Technical Cooperation Adviser at the Embassy of Spain in Costa Rica; Consul General in Cordoba, Argentina; and Chief of Staff of the Vice President of the Institute for Ibero-American Cooperation (ICI). On 17 May 1996 he was appointed Director-General of the ICI, a post he held until 19 November 1999, when he became Secretary-General of the Spanish Agency for International Cooperation (AECI).

In 2001, he was appointed Ambassador of Spain to Cuba, a post he held until July 2004. After a period in the private sector, his last diplomatic post before being appointed Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America in January 2012 was that of Minister-Counsellor at the Embassy of Spain in Buenos Aires.

HLM2012 Slovenia Cerar

Slovenia:
Bozo Cerar
State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Dr Božo Cerar was appointed State Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia in February 2012, after having served as State Secretary from 2005 to 2006. Dr Cerar was State Under-Secretary at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2001 and 2003, while also acting as Head of Division for Multilateral Relations in 2001 and for NATO between 2002 and 2003. Other positions held by Dr Cerar at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include: State Under-Secretary and Head of the Minister’s Office from 1996 to 1997 and Head of Division for Europe and North America from 1991 to 1992.
 
Dr Cerar held the post of Ambassador and Permanent Representative to NATO from 2007 to 2011; he has also served as Ambassador in Warsaw in 2004 and Ottawa from 1997 to 2001. He was Minister Plenipotentiary at the Slovenian Embassy in London from 1992 to 1996. Dr Cerar coordinated the activities of EU observers in Slovenia in 1991. He received a PhD in international law from the University of Ljubljana in 1997.

HLM 2012 Sweden Strand

Sweden:
Sofia Strand‌

Acting State Secretary

Sofia Strand was appointed Acting State Secretary in 2012. Prior to this appointment, she served as Political Advisor in the Coordination Secretariat of the Prime Minister’s Office from 2008 to 2012. She held the position of Deputy Director of the Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications and the Ministry of Employment in 2008. From 2007 to 2008, she held the position of Deputy Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after having served as Desk Officer from 2004 to 2007.

Other positions held by Ms Strand include Political Officer for the Moderate Party Delegation at the European Parliament from 2000 to 2004. She obtained a Master of Laws from Uppsala University in 1998 and a Master’s of European Studies from the College of Europe (Natolin, Poland) in 2000.

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Switzerland:
Beatrice Maser Mallor
Head, Economic Development and Co-operation Division, SECO

Ambassador Beatrice Maser Mallor has served as the Head of the Economic Development and Cooperation Division in the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) since December 2008. She worked as the head of the Export and Investment Promotion in SECO from 2004 to 2008 and was seconded to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London from 2001 to 2004.

Ms Mallor entered the Federal Office for Foreign Economic Affairs in 1995 after working for FUNDES in La Paz. She worked at the Swiss Bank Corporation in Zurich and New York between 1989 and 1994.

HLM2012 Turkey Cam

Turkey:
Serdar Çam
President, Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency

Dr Serdar Çam was appointed as the President of the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency in June 2011. He served as the Chief of Cabinet to the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey from 2009 to 2011. Dr Çam worked as the Chief of Cabinet of H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey, in his Parliament’s Office from 2002 to 2009. Throughout this tenure, in addition to his responsibilities, he closely followed developments in the fields of foreign trade and foreign politics.

Between 1992 and 2002, Dr Çam served as high level manager in several companies in Ankara, Istanbul and abroad. During this period, as a part-time scholar, he conducted lectures on international investment as well as international trade and management in different universities.

HLM2012 AfDB Kayizzi-Mugerwa

‌African Development Bank:
Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa
Director, Development Research Department

Steve Kayizzi-Mugerwa is currently the Director of Development Research Department at the African Development Bank Group. He has also been Regional Director for Ethiopia, Sudan, South Sudan, Comoros, Somalia and Eritrea; Director for Policy, Lead Economist and Head of the Extended Mission in Zimbabwe. He joined the Bank in 2007, having served as Senior Economist in the early 1990s.

 Previously he held the following positions: Associate Professor, Doctoral Fellow and Fellow, Department of Economics, University of Gothenburg, 1986-2001; Project Director and Fellow, United Nations University, World Institute for Development Economics Research (WIDER), Helsinki, 2000-01; and Senior Economist, International Monetary Fund (IMF), 2002-07. He has a PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His dissertation was on "External Shocks and Adjustment in Zambia". He has published on macroeconomic policies, institutions and development in Africa.

ASDB Chakwin

Asian Development Bank:
Naomi Chakwin
Resident Director General, European Representative Office

Naomi Chakwin is an economist with over twenty years of development experience in Asia. She assumed the office of Resident Director General of the Asian Development Bank’s European Representative Office in August 2011. As Resident Director General of ADB’s only office in Europe, Ms Chakwin works with seventeen European member countries. She is in charge of enhancing public awareness of ADB’s role and activities; promoting co-financing and resource mobilisation; disseminating information to European partners, including the business community and civil society; and strengthening relations between ADB and multilateral and bilateral development institutions headquartered in Europe.

Ms. Chakwin served as one of the Directors in ADB’s East Asia Department from 2008 to 2011. Prior to this, Ms. Chakwin opened the Pacific Liaison Coordination Office in Sydney, and as the Regional Director, she focused on private sector development across the Pacific. Before joining ADB in 1996, Ms. Chakwin worked at the World Bank and the OECD.

HLM2012 IMF Bertuch-Samuels

International Monetary Fund:
Axel Bertuch-Samuels‌

Special Representative of the IMF to the United Nations; Deputy Director, Immediate Office, Strategy, Policy, and Review Department

Axel Bertuch-Samuels has held the positions of Deputy Director in the Strategy, Policy and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and Special Representative of the IMF to the United Nations since May 2012. Mr Bertuch-Samuels served as Deputy Director in the IMF Monetary and Capital Markets Department from 2004 to 2006. He held the position of Deputy Director in the IMF International Capital Markets Department from 2004 to 2006. Other positions held by Mr  Bertuch-Samuels at the IMF include: Special Advisor to the Managing Director, Office of the Managing Director, and Alternate Executive Director in the IMF Executive Board. 

Mr Bertuch-Samuels also worked for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development as Director and Head of the President’s Office from 1998 to 2000. He was Director of the Economics and Financial Markets Department of the German Savings Banks and Giro Association from 1993 to 1998. Prior to this, he served as a Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister and to the Minister of Finance of Germany.

HLM2012 UNDP Kaag

United Nations Development Programme:
Sigrid A. M. Kaag
Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator, Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy

Ms Kaag has headed the United Nations Development Programme’s Bureau for External Relations and Advocacy (BERA) as Assistant Secretary-General and Assistant Administrator since August 2010. As part of the senior management team, Ms Kaag advises UNDP’s Administrator on the direction and strategic leadership of the organisation. She oversees UNDP’s strategic external engagement, organisation-wide communication and advocacy as well as resource mobilisation. She manages a network of UNDP representative offices in Asia, Europe and North America.

Ms Kaag’s portfolio includes engagement with all development partners, intergovernmental, regional and sub-regional organisations as well as international financial institutions; the co-ordination of UNDP’s work within the UN system; and co-operation with the private sector, civil society and the philanthropic sector. Ms. Kaag was Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) from 2007 to 2010, and served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the UNICEF Executive Director from 2006 to 2007.

HLM2012 World Bank Sirtaine
World Bank:
Sophie Sirtaine
Director of Corporate Strategy Reform and Strategy Department

Sophie Sirtaine is director of the Bank’s Corporate Reform and Strategy Department, which advises Bank management and staff on results, accountability, openness, and modernisation. Ms Sirtaine is also a Co-Director of the Bank’s Change Management Reform Secretariat, which supports the Bank’s ongoing reform process.

Previously Ms Sirtaine worked in Bank operations, including as sector manager in the Private and Financial Sector Development unit of the Europe and Central Asia Region. Sophie is also part of the Bank’s global expert team on public-private partnerships.  Before joining the Bank, Sophie worked in investment banking and as an infrastructure economist.

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