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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,
Dr. Richard E. Bissell, Chairperson
Dr. Richard Bissell has been a member of the Panel of Experts since July 2010. He is also the Executive Director for Policy and Global Affairs of the National Research Council of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He oversees fifteen units with a focus on science and technology policy, international scientific affairs, or the future science and engineering workforce.
Prior to joining the NAS in 1998, Dr. Bissell was the coordinator of the Interim Secretariat of the World Commission on Dams (1997-1998), a joint initiative of the World Bank and the World Conservation Union (IUCN). During the period 1994-1997, he was the Chairman and a founding Member of the Inspection Panel at the World Bank, an independent advisory committee to the Board of Executive Directors. He has also served in a similar role at the Asian Development Bank as a member of the Compliance Review Panel from 2003 to 2007.
Between 1986 and 1993, Dr. Bissell was Assistant Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, appointed first to head the Bureau of Program and Policy Coordination. In that position, he was responsible for Agency-wide policy development, review of development impact of projects at multilateral banks, evaluation processes throughout AID, and management of the annual budget process. He then received a second Assistant Administrator appointment as head of the Bureau of Research and Development, where he was responsible for direction and management of a research portfolio in health, education, environment and agriculture, as well as technical support of AID field missions in nearly 100 countries. He served on more than 50 official U.S. delegations to international conferences, including 25 occasions as head of delegation to bodies such as the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, World Malaria Congress, International Population Conference, and the Children’s Vaccine Initiative.
Dr. Bissell has been a professor at American University, Georgetown University, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Pennsylvania. Among his publications are seven books and a wide variety of articles in scholarly and policy journals. He has served as editor of several professional journals. He holds a B.A. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, in international economics, with post-doctoral work at Princeton University.
Mrs Arntraud Hartman, Member
Mrs. Arntraud Hartmann holds degrees in Law (Hamburg University), Diplomas in International Relations and International Finance (Harvard University and John Hopkins University), as well as an M.A. in Economics. She has more than 30 years professional experience in developing cooperation, including in several international organizations. Mrs. Hartmann spent 23 years with the World Bank, where she held Senior Management Positions. She was Country Director for several Southeast European Countries, Senior Advisor to the Managing Director and established the first Country Office of the World Bank in Romania in 1991 where she was the World Bank’s first Country Manager and Chief of Mission. Prior to that, she held positions as Principal Economist for West African Countries and as Country Economist for Pakistan.
Between 2002 and 2006, she was Senior Advisor to the Secretariat of the World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization established at the ILO in Geneva and was Director of the Economic Policy Forum and International Institute for Journalism of InWent, in Berlin, Germany. Since then she is a member of the Quality Assurance Review Process of IFAD and has undertaken numerous consultancies for the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the German International Cooperation Agency, GIZ and the International Fund for Agriculture.
Mrs. Hartmann is an adjunct professor for Development Economics at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, Bologna/Italy, and at the Hertie School of Governance, in Berlin/Germany. She regularly teaches at both institutions. She undertakes research with the Brookings Institution on aid effectiveness and has published extensively together with Johannes Linn, on “scaling up of development programs”. In addition, she has published on Public Sector Performance Measurement, Poverty Reduction Policies, Aid Effectiveness and Structural Adjustment Programs.
Dr Mafing Kondé, Member
Dr. Kondé is a development sociologist holding a PhD in Development Sociology of the University of Paris X Nanterre, as well as a diploma of advanced studies in Political Studies of the University of Grenoble. He has almost 30 years of experience. Between 1984 and 1987, he has been lecturer at the University of Ouagadougou, Officer in charge of outreach for the Rural Water and Equipment Fund in Burkina-Faso, Sociology Research Officer in the Société africaine d'étude et de développement and Study coordinator for many development projects. During these assignments he performed environmental and social studies, including population displacement and resettlement, and implemented outreach activities. Some of these activities benefited from the funding of international organizations and European countries such as the World Bank, Food and Agriculture Organization or the Netherlands. At the end of the eighties, he joined Sahel-Consult as a sociologist and worked on water related projects in Burkina-Faso.
Since 1988, Dr. Kondé has been working as an independent consultant on various assignments in Burkina-Faso, for the account of many international and national organizations and agencies. This include amongst others the World Bank, the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Danish Development assistance (Danida), the Italian Government, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations-Women, the German international cooperation agency (GTZ), the Austrian Development Cooperation, the Swiss Cooperation, the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA), the Inter-States Group of Schools (ETSHER), the Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Water Resources of Burkina-Faso.
These assignments covered on a variety of issues including both studies and elaboration of projects, as well as implementation and/or evaluation in various sectors: local planning and development plans, environmental and social impacts studies, displacement and resettlement plans. More specifically, land and water related issues analysis, the implementation of decentralization and the development of agriculture, as well as participatory management of natural resources have been its areas of specialization throughout his career.
Dr. Kondé is member of national and international associations such as the Land Research and Action Group (GRAF), the Association of Independent Consultants and Partners (ACIA), the International Center for Sociological and Applied Law Studies (CINESDA) and the National Anti-Corruption Network (RENLAC).