A Global Team... In pursuit of Excellence!

Tourism & Urban Renewal

Mr. Mathew McNulty

Dublin, Ireland

Matt Mcnulty.pngMatt Mc Nulty has held and continues to hold high office in the Governmental, public service and private sector of Ireland in areas of Economic Development, Tourism, Urban Renewal and Heritage. He was for a decade Director General of Tourism for Ireland during which period he planned and led the reorganisation and restructuring of Ireland's tourism and tripled the tourism economy of his country by achieving the highest sustained growth rates for visitors and investment recorded internationally in this period. He also planned, created and executed Ireland's tourism branding and founded the first effective public private sector partnership in Ireland in the tourism sector. He has worked extensively in international tourism designing or leading the strategic planning for tourism in Jordan, Oman, Bahrain and UAE. In terms of economic strategy and planning he has been the lead international consultant and has authored the plans for the KSA 2020, Jordan 2020 and Ras Al-Khaimah and assisted with others.

In the urban renewal of Dublin the capital city he has headed the two principal Government bodies that have planned and executed the urban renewal of central Dublin. He continues as chairman of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and was managing director of the Dublin Millennium when the city celebrated 1,000 years of urban history in a year long celebration. In the areas of Heritage, Culture and the Arts he was a member of the first Heritage Council. He personally has established museums, restored castles and heritage buildings, founded heritage and cultural bodies. Temple Bar Cultural Trust which he heads manages the cultural quarter of Dublin and provides a wide array of buildings and services for the arts and culture.

During the period of Ireland's renaissance as a fast growth European Economy he led the tourism revival and was a member of many government commissions that planned the transformation of Ireland's economy. He continues as chairman of Design Ireland – the creative sector of th e economy and he is a director of companies in the food, agriculture, travel, film and hotel sectors.


Transport & Logistics

Mr. Ron Kopicki

Washington, DC


Ron Kopicki is an international expert on agribusiness development, food logistics and the design and Implementation of farm to table supply chains. His consulting clients include private companies, sovereign governments and multinational development organizations. In more than one hundred developing and developed country engagements,he has developed innovative solutions to complex transport and logistics challenges. He has pioneered in the design of transaction structures which fused together the business processes of participants and thus allowed them to enhance their joint competitiveness.

His 38 years of experience with the World Bank, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN, CSX Corporation and Conrail are the source of the deep store of market tested experience, from which he is able to construct client solutions, design programs, outline investment structures and create organizational designs and quality monitoring systems which move products securely and efficiently from farm producers via food processors to final consumers. Ron has written and spoken extensively on transport market reform and its relationship to underlying prod uct markets, on the uses of public private partnership transaction to induce private investment in supply chains, on leveraging supermarket investments in developing countries, on green corridor development, on smart (tm) ports which create and capture value, on reverse logistics: the logistics of reuse, recycling and remanufacturing, on multimodal transport and supply chain des igns which support and enhance commodity market development and industrial cluster start up.

He holds a BA and MA from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford. He has participated in executive training programs at MIT and Northwestern University. He is based in Washington, D.C.


Mr. Andy Ricover

Buenos Aires, Argentina

AndyRicover.pngAndy Ricover’s is an air transport specialist with an experience that spans over 57 countries in the areas of airports, airline and air traffic control, aviation sector institutional reforms and aviation policies. He has participated in numerous PSP processes in the air transport sector at all the different stages: from design (institutional, strategic and regulatory setting) through implementation, both from the public and the private sector. He has also participated in post reform re-negotiations and arbitration, providing expert testimony.

Mr. Ricover’s experiences have ranged from projects dealing with domestic and regional airports to international gateways, in both developing and industrialized nations, working on both sell and buy sides of transactions. He took part in the airline privatization processes and institutional strengthening reforms within the air transport sector in over a dozen countries. He has also advised policy makers providing assistance in defining privatization strategy during the early stages of the reform process, transaction design, and its subsequent implementation. Additionally, he has worked extensively in regulatory matters, with antitrust commissions and policy makers in the various economic aspects, including tariff settings, renegotiations and litigation cases, where he had to assess reforms and their consequences. Mr. Ricover is a regular consultant to governments, airport operators, airlines, bid consortiums, financial investors, law firms and the main multilateral agencies. He has also been repeatedly invited to lecture at the IATA's aviation training and development institute in Montreal, Miami and Singapore and is a regular speaker at major industry conferences.

Ricover holds a BA degree in economics and an MBA in Finance. He speaks fluent English, Spanish, Portuguese and is conversant in French.

Urban Transport

Richard Meakin

Richard Meakin -1.jpgMr Meakin holds degrees in law, transport planning and public administration. He has more than forty years’ professional experience in managing, planning and regulating urban transport from the perspectives of an operator, a government official, a lecturer and a consultant.

He started his professional career as a manager with a major UK passenger transport operator where his experience included a year’s secondment to a land use transportation study for a large city, developing an experimental vehicle tracking system and finally, appointment as regional planning manager.

Mr Meakin then commenced a twenty year career in the Hong Kong Government. Initially responsible for planning the integration of public transport as the mass transit railway opened, he later held the post of Assistant Commissioner responsible for the planning, development and regulation of Hong Kong’s public transport system.

A key task was to ensure that the development the public transport system kept pace with the ever-increasing demand for higher quality and expanded capacity driven, by rapid increases in population and economic growth.

Maintaining incentives for the public transport operators to invest in increased capacity, more professional management and modern vehicles and operating systems whilst assuring a reasonable level of return required a sophisticated regulatory and legal framework. The resulting competition both ‘for the market’ and’ in the market’ attracted a high level of private investment into the transport sector and produced an extensive network and a world-class quality of service. Mr Meakin’s core professional interests in urban transport organisation, planning and regulation draws on this experience.

In 1993 Mr Meakin commenced practice as an independent consultant, specialising in:

-          urban transport policy and strategy framework development;

-          legal and institutional structures for urban transport administration;

-          development of regulatory regimes for public transport;

-          transport infrastructure planning and evaluation;

-          project definition, appraisal and financing.

In the ensuing 17 years he has worked on more than 50 consultancy projects in 35 countries in Asia, the former Soviet Union, the Caribbean, Africa and the Middle East.

Clients have included the World Bank, the European Union, the Asian Development Bank and national and city governments. Most projects have focussed on reform of the public transport industry, development of regulatory and institutional frameworks and drafting enabling legislation.

Mr Meakin has published a number of papers, and has developed and presented training courses for senior transport practitioners which cover principles and best practice in public transport policy, regulation and planning.




Mr. Carl E. Widdel Jr.

Washington, DC

CarlWiddel.pngCarl Widell has over 30 years experience in high-technology, start-up companies. He is currently an officer and director of Network Technologies, Inc. and an investor in WiFi Rail, Inc. During the course of his career, Mr. Widell has served as a financial officer in two insur ance companies, a department head in an earthquake engineering company, and has founded a geothermal energy company and several high technology companies, one of which went public.

As strong believer in community involvement, Mr. Widell currently serves on the Talbot County School Board, as Vice President of the Mental Health Association of Talbot County, as a vestryman of Christ Church, St. Michael&r squo; s Parish, as Secretary to the Democratic Forum and as Secretary and Treasurer of the Democratic Central Committee of Talbot County.

Prior to entering business, he served five years in the  Marine Corps, including a combat tour in Vietnam, where he flew multiple missions in an A6 Intruder over North Vietnam, South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. Mr. Widell graduated cum laude from Princeton University. His concentration was the modernization of developing countries with a specialty in East Asian studies.

Mining & Metallurgy

Leopoldo Maraboli

Santiago, Chile

LeopoldoMaraboli.png Mr. Maraboli is experienced in management, engineering and operation of large-scale mines, and design and implementation of very large grass-roots mining projects, in remote locations. He has

advises on integrated reform of mineral Sectors, with focus on mineral policy, and related legal, regulatory, fiscal and institutional frameworks, overall strategic assessment and diagnosis of mineral sector activities and main priorities; and ensuing design, implementation, management, coordination and supervision of integrated technical assistance programs. His expertise also includes Institutional Reform, Mineral Rights – Cadastral Systems, Small-scale Mining, Management and Utilization of Mineral Benefits including contribution of the mineral sector to local development and poverty reduction, Development of Basic Data to Attract Investors, Geo-Information and Data Dissemination, Investment Promotion, Mine Safety, Procurement.

His Mineral expertise includes ferrous and non-ferrous minerals, including base substances, gold and a variety of gemstones, including diamonds, rubies, emeralds and others. These have included relevant mines, and components for concentrating and/or smelting as required on a case by case basis.

Mr. Maraboli has worked in the mining industry in copper and iron mining. This experience includes the Anaconda Company, at copper mines in Chile, United States and Iran, with the iron ore mines of Bethlehem Steel Corporation. He was also extensively involved in the Carajas Iron Ore project in Brazil. Most recently, Mr Maraboli was the lead mining expert at the World Bank.

His country experience includes Latin America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Venezuela. Africa: Ghana, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Angola, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda, Europe, Asia and SE-Asia: Albania, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Afghanistan, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, China, Former Soviet Union: Russia, Kirghizstan, Arabia: Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt..

Mr. Maraboli has a degree in Civil Mining & Metallurgy Engineering, from Universidad deChile, and an Masters in Mineral Engineering Management, from Penn. State University. Where he also did Post Graduate work, Computerized Mining Systems.


Energy & Water

Mr. Shibu Dhar ( Pending)


Banking Regulation

Dr. Alexander E. Fleming

St. Andrews, Scotland

Washington, DC

AlexanderFleming.pngAlex Fleming recently retired as Sector Manager in the World Bank Institute where he oversaw the delivery of the Institute’s capacity building in the fields of financial and private sector development throughout the developing world. He moved from the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region in early 2004 where he was – for 10 years – responsible for financial sector work in the Former Soviet Union, including the implementation of the Bank-IMF Financial Sector Assessment Program. He has also worked in the Bank’s Latin America and Caribbean Region and the Finance Complex.

Formerly he was an Economist in the Bank of England and also did a stint in academia. His academic honors include a Ph.D from Brunel University, London and an Honorary LL.D from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland. He has published widely on topics in the fields of domestic and international finance as well as transition economics. In retirement he plans to consult and teach in the fields of economics and finance as well as coaching managers in the international institutions.

PPP & Infrastructure

Dr. Mehmet Kerim Gokay

 Istanbul, Turkey

MehmetKerimGokay.pngProf. Gökay has held various positions in projects and was responsible for raising debt and equity. He is also a senior adviser to the World Bank Group in CIS countries.

His previous experience includes managerial positions include International Finance Corporation, GE Capital, Tekstilbank and Citicorp Investment Bank. He has also provided consulting services to Turkey’s leading NGOs including TÜSIAD, TESEV and TIM. He has also held teaching and research responsibility at Bo?aziçi University Department of Economics and has published in academic journals.

He holds engineering and business degrees from Duke University, Cornell University and Istanbul Teknik University.


Ecology and Clean Development



Private Sector Development and Transactions

Sudhee R. Sen Gupta

Washington, DC

Retired from  the World Bank in 2009. He is distinguished for helping to bring the private and the public sectors together to advance poverty reduction through growth, employment and social equity.

His work for developing countries included

Policy Advice to governments particularly on Sector Restructuring, Regulatory and Tariff reform, Competition and Market Reform, Trade Policy, Public Sector Management and Restructuring.

Enterprise Reform including Corporate Governance, Corporate Restructuring, Interim Fiscal Fixes,Insolvency and financial restructuring and workouts, Investment Risk Reduction, Post Privatization Assistance;

Investment Climate Improvement including "Doing Business" reform, Legal and Regulatory Reform, FDI Assessments, Investment Intermediaries & Matchmaking, Investors Conferences;

Private Sector Partnerships and Alliances including transaction design and advisory, Policy and strategy development, legal and regulatory framework and Institutional development.

The Sectors he has worked on and knows well include: Industry; Agriculture & Agribusiness; Mining; Power; Telecom; Transport; Water and Waste Water;. Environment.

The Countries he has worked on include: ECA: Albania Romania Russia Ukraine Belarus Estonia Latvia  Armenia Azerbaijan  Georgia Kyrgyz Republic Turkmenistan Uzbekistan  Tajikistan, Macedonia, Serbia; MNA : Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, UAE,  Oman, Qatar,Kuwait and Yemen. AFR: Ghana Kenya, Uganda & Tanzania Asia: India, Bangladesh.

Prior to the World Bank, Mr. Sen Gupta worked for over 15 years in the private sector in the US and Canada, in the areas of Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Financial Restructuring and Turnarounds, leveraged Buyouts, Venture Capital and Corporate Strategic Planning.

Mr, Sen Gupta has a bachelor’s degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, and an MBA from the Harvard Graduate school of Business Administration. He is a US citizen.


Development Impact Evaluation

Dr. Elliott Hurwitz

Washington, DC

EilliotHurwitz.pngDr. Hurwitz, Ph.D. Economics, specializes in Program and Project Evaluation. Formerly Special Assistant to the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs he has also consulted for the World Bank, IFAD, Asian Development Bank, and USAID for 14 years, primarily in the area of project and program evaluation.  He is one of the leading experts in program evaluation. His experience includes Program and Post-project Evaluation for multilateral organizations. He developed and wrote several hundred post-project evaluations (ICRs) around 20% of which have been assessed as “exemplary.” He has developed methodologies for ountry Assistance Evaluation and Project Performance Assessment Reports (PPARs) of structural and macroeconomic reforms, as well as legal and judicial reforms. His experience includes Assessment of Quality at Entry of Projects and Country strategies for Multilaterals such as the the Asian Development Bank, World Bank and others, He was also involved in Country Programme Evaluations for IFAD, Office of Evaluation and the Development of Evaluation Methodology for World Bank/Development Grant Facility, which is currently in use for evaluation of grant-funded projects at the World Bank.He has also been involved in ente rprise assessment, reform and reorganization, He has developed strategies for enterprise management to enhance exports, improve productivity, and improve product marketability. Sectors include food processing, agricultural equipment, electronics and light industry.

Dr. Hurwitz also has experience in the evaluation of U.S. Government Programs—He directed and managed several program evaluation projects under contract to Departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, including assembling, training and managing teams performing this work. Previously he was Special Assistant to the U.S. Under Secretary of State for Economic Affairs. He served as personal staff to the Under Secretary on economics/trade with Soviet Union; negotiated new trade agreement with the Soviets in Moscow; worked closely with Secretaries Shultz and Baldrige; led US delegation to NATO Economic Committee to assess prospects for Gorbachev economic reforms. He also has experience in Defense Conversion in the FSU countries having written extensively on the subject. He has visited numerous defense plants in former Soviet Union in process of converting. He has Published Numerous articles on East-West economic and security relations, including those in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal (see below). Many appearances and invited presentations, including those at Stanford University, Brookings Institution, and Rand Corporation. He testified before Congress on the Export Administration Act.

His country experience includes Lithuania, Latvia, Macedonia, Turkey, Mexico, Albania, Romania, El Salvador, Georgia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, Malawi, and Mongolia Dr. Hurwitz has a B.A.and a Ph.D in economics from Temple University, and has done additional graduate work, at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies


Social Sectors

Mr. Riad Al Kouri

Amman, Jordan

RiadAlKouri.pngA Jordanian national specializing in globalization issues with particular emphasis on the Arab world, Riad al Khouri has for over three decades lectur ed, advised, and conducted extensive applied research on political, economic, and business topics, publishing widely on these issues. In particular, he has worked on issues such as food security, public- private partnerships, and governance in developing countries, among other related topics.

After completing his schooling in Switzerland, Riad graduated in Economics from the American University of Beirut (AUB) and then took a post-graduate degree in the same subject from Oxford University. He taught at the American University of Beirut and at Beirut University College (now the Lebanese American University) and, among other positions, is currently Dean of the Business School at the Lebanese French University in Erbil, Kurdistan; Senior Associate Consultant, William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor; and Member of the International Council of Questscope, a UK-registered charity specializing in social development.
Working internationally in Arabic, English, and French, Riad has undertaken consulting assignments for Caritas, GTZ, the OPEC Fund, the International Labor Organization, UNDP, UNESCWA, UNIDO, USAID, the World Bank, the World Food Program, and WIPO, among many other public sector organizations, as well as for numerous private firms.


Defence Offsets

Mr. James M. Barkas

New York, NY

JamesBarkas.pngJames M. Barkas has over 30 years of global experience with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe as an offset services provider, a commercial and investment banker, a marketer and distributor of IT and communications equipment and an adviser to international financial institutions, aid agencies and corporations.

Since founding the BNI Group in 1986, Mr. Barkas has steadily expanded its scope to cover the entire Central/Eastern Europe region, through his highly selective recruitment of reliable, seasoned local partners in each country with technical, financial and government expertise. BNI and its partners offer a flexible array of services to corporation and banks, ranging from counsel on offset/ countertrade planning and implementation to the attraction of foreign investment into emerging markets. Mr. Barkas also serves as the Managing Director of DAI Offsets Finance, a division of Debt Advisory International of Washington DC. DAI provides trade and project finance in East Europe and Africa as well as converts, trades and invests in distressed debt. DAI also manages emerging market funds. See www.debtadvisory.com

Previously, Mr. Barkas was a Director at Newcourt Capital responsible for structured trade finance and industrial participation in NATO countries. As an advisor to the Union Bank of Switzerland, the United Nations Development Program and major corporations, he counseled on either how their operations could fulfill offsets or alternatively how their offset obligations could be fulfilled. For the World Bank he advised investment promotion programs for Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, and the Emirate of Ras al Khaima (UAE). During his earlier career in international banking Mr. Barkas was Vice President-Trade Finance at Midland Bank (now HSBC) in New York; Vice President responsible for countertrade at First National Bank of Chicago; and a credit and lending officer at Chase Manhattan in Tokyo and New York, where he financed Japanese Trading Companies and East European banks and companies. He also served as the President of the U.S.-Bosnian Business Council and as Co-Chairman of the Bilateral Trade Committee of the former U.S.-Yugoslav Economic Council. Throughout his career in international banking and trade finance, Mr. Barkas contributed articles on trade finance and alternative financing mechanisms to professional journals and technical monograms, and has lectured and been a guest speaker at trade conferences.

Mr. Barkas is a graduate of Princeton University-Woodrow Wilson School, and holds MA and MA LD degrees from the Fletcher School of Law &Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts. As a Fulbright Scholar and recipient of a Shell Oil Foundation Fellowship, he traveled widely throughoutEast ern Europe and South Asia. He also worked at MIT on Demography and Economic Development and at Harvard Medical School on the use of inconvertible currencies to fund medical research in developing countries. Earlier he attended the United Nations International School in New York and developed early and lasting associations within the UN community.


Investment Climate

Mr. Peter Kyle

Aukland, New Zealand

Washington, DC

PeterKyle.pngPeter Kyle retired recently from a senior position within the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank. During his 16 years with the Bank Peter was responsible for advising on the legal aspects of the Bank’s Private and Financial Sector Development agenda. He worked extensively on projects in the Africa, Middle East, Eastern Europe and South Asia Regions and focused on a wide range of legal interventions including public-private partnerships, private sector investment, commercial sector reform, regulatory issues, judicial reform, banking and central banking issues, post-conflict issues and business environment reform.

Prior to joining the Bank Peter was a senior partner in one of New Zealand’s leading commercial law firms. He headed the firm’s banking la w practice group and has 15 years experience in banking and corporate law transactions. He also spent 5 years in Manila as a Senior Counsel with the Asian Development Bank. After graduating from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand with degrees in law and economics, Peter served as Clerk to the Chief Justice of New Zealand and then continued his graduate studies in law at the University of Virginia.


Financial Sector

Dr. Ashok Khanna

San Fransisco, CA

AshokKhanna.pngFinancial sector Expert. Regulation of Bank and non Bank financial institutions, Securities regulation, Stock and insurance markets, Finance, trade and ind ustry policies.

Assistant professor of international business at the Stern Graduate School of Business New York

University. Deloitte Touche London, New York.

B.Sc (Econ) London University (London School of Economics) MBA and PhD Stanford University. He is also a Chartered Accountant. (UK).




Micro Finance & Mobile Banking

Michael Abrahams

San Fransisco, CA

MichaelAbrahams.pngMichael Abrahams is the principal behind Neighborhood Bank. He is the founder and portfolio manager of the New Markets Financial Fund, a fund that invests in financial institutions that serve the underbanked. Mike received his Ph.D. in Economics from Berkeley and, after serving as an Assistant Professor at Iowa State University, was an economist for the Reagan Administration in the Office of Management and Budget helping to craft the Administration’s banking policy.

For the past 20 years, he was been a securities analyst and an investment banker covering the financial services industry. He has raised capital for a number of institutions serving the underbanked consumer and has served on the board of directors of two major financial institutions. Mike opened the New Markets Financial Fund in January 2007 to invest in financial institutions serving underbanked markets, firms he finds attractive both because they are able to substantially improve the living standards of their customers and because they offer exceptional investment potential. The investments are chiefly in small to mid-capitalization companies trading in Africa, Asia and North America.

Separate from the Fund, Mike has become active in village banking, particularly in Africa, and has initiated a savings and credit association in rural Uganda. He is working to expand his effort to train individuals living in the third world to lead locally based savings and credit organizations that can transform the lives of their local communities.



Corporate Finance

Alan Hooper

Johanesburg, South Africa


Alan Hooper is a financial consultant specialising in privatisation, financial and organisational re-structuring, infrastructure finance, project finance and cross-border investment. He has strong negotiations experience and sector expertise in telecommunications, development banking, tourism and agribusiness.

At different times appointed as a Director or Alternate Director of several development banks, commercial finance institutions, commercial companies and development trusts in Africa, Botswana Development Corporation, Verreries du Burundi, Development Finance Company of Kenya; Diamond Trust of Kenya; Pan-African Paper Mills; Tourism Promotion Services; Rift Valley Textiles, Investment and Development Bank of Malawi; First Leasing and Finance Company of Malawi, Ashbury Technologies; Mpumalanga Development Corporation; Wildlife and Children of Africa Trust, Development Finance Company of Uganda, Development Bank of Zambia.

Mr. Hooper has a B.S from Leeds University and M.S. from Edinburgh University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.