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The Roster of Experts comprises three external experts, appointed by the Boards of Directors for a five-year non-renewable term. The Experts together with the Director of BCRM determine eligibility of request(s) for compliance review,
Michele de Nevers holds a Masters of Science degree in Management and Finance (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and a Bachelor’s degree in Bacteriology (University of California, Berkeley), as well as a Diploma in Executive Leadership from the Harvard Business School. She has more than 35 years professional experience in development cooperation, including 30 years with the World Bank, where she held senior management positions. She was Director for Sector Programs in the World Bank Institute and Senior Manager in the Environment Department, where she led the preparation of the World Bank's corporate Environment Strategy and the public consultations on the World Bank Strategic Framework for Development and Climate Change. She oversaw the World Bank's work on climate change, environmental economics, biodiversity, pollution management and other environmental issues. In the Environment Department and previously in the Latin America and Eastern Europe/Central Asia regions she managed teams that ensured compliance with the World Bank’s Environmental and Social Safeguard policies on projects across a wide range of sectors. Previously she held several other management positions and led industrial development and environmental projects in operational divisions in South Asia, Latin America and Europe and Central Asia.
Since 2011 Michele has been a Senior Associate at the Center for Global Development (CGD), a think tank in Washington DC that combines academic rigor and practical experience across a huge range of areas that affect development. She leads CGD's work on climate change, undertakes research and has published on climate finance, including adaptation finance, REDD+ and scaling up private sector investment for climate action. She has undertaken consultancies for the World Bank, including on the recent revision of its Safeguard Policy Framework.
In 2011 she was a Visiting Fellow at the Global Economic Governance Programme at University College, Oxford where she published on the topic of climate finance and development.
Michele was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines from 1976-1978.
Dr Sherif Arif graduated from the University of Manchester with a Ph. D in Physics.
He is an environmental professional with 35 years of experience as a Senior Development Specialist with USAID in Cairo from 1978-1990 and subsequently as a Senior and Lead environment specialist at the World Bank till 2007. During his tenure at the World Bank. Dr Arif occupied several positions as a Regional Safeguard Policy Advisor and a Regional Environmental Advisor at the Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA). He was also a project manager, program coordinator and a team leader of multi million dollars national and regional programs and projects thorough out the Middle East and North Africa region.
After his retirement from the World Bank, Dr Arif was a member of an international panel at the Global Environment Facility for the accreditation of eleven international project agencies in environment and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming. He also worked as a principal environmental consultant for international organizations such as the World Bank in the Africa Region, the European Commission, the United Nations Development Program, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), the Deutsche Gesellschaft Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Agence Francaise de Développement.
These assignments covered a wide range of themes and activities in environment and social safeguards, environment and pollution management, coastal zone management, climate change, green and blue economies