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Daniel Kaufmann to Become President of Revenue Watch


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NEW YORK, 14 JUNE, 2012 — Daniel Kaufmann, a renowned expert on governance and anti-corruption issues worldwide, will become president of the Revenue Watch Institute in September 2012, Revenue Watch announced today.

Kaufmann is currently a Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution and a former director at the World Bank. He will succeed Karin Lissakers, who has served as president since 2006.

“Daniel Kaufmann is an intellectual leader who shares Revenue Watch’s commitment to improving governance and bettering the lives of people in resource-rich countries,” said Anthony Richter, chairman of Revenue Watch’s Governing Board. “His appointment solidifies Revenue Watch as a key policy center, grounded in civil society and working closely with government and industry.”

Kaufmann has pioneered innovative approaches to analyze and measure governance and corruption, and has vast practical experience in helping countries formulate and carry out governance reforms. His work has focused on both industrialized and developing countries, and on the public as well as corporate sectors. In his fields of expertise, he has advised heads of state, public sector institutions, international NGOs and multilateral banks.

At the World Bank, Kaufmann held senior management positions focused on governance, finance and anti-corruption, and also was lead economist in the World Bank’s research department. He was the first Chief of Mission of the World Bank to Ukraine and also worked on capacity building in Latin America and on economic reforms for Africa.  He was also in the faculty of the World Economic Forum, where he is a member of the Global Agenda Council.

“Today, improved governance of oil, gas and minerals is the critical development challenge for dozens of countries around the world,” said Kaufmann. “It is a privilege to be asked to lead Revenue Watch, which plays a key role in promoting policy reforms and transparency by governments and corporations in the natural resource sector.”    

Kaufmann, a Chilean, received an M.A. and Ph.D. in economics at Harvard, and a B.A. in economics and statistics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He has authored hundreds of scholarly articles, presentations and policy briefs on governance, corruption, trade, labor and economic reform.

Lissakers has led Revenue Watch’s international advocacy for greater transparency and accountability in the management of natural resources, and the organization’s work in more than 30 countries.

“I am delighted that someone of Daniel Kaufmann’s deep experience, stature and passion for our issues will be taking over leadership of Revenue Watch,” Lissakers said. “Better management of mineral wealth can improve the lives of millions of people and end aid dependency for many resource-rich countries. “

“The board and staff are extremely grateful to Karin for her determined and creative leadership,” Richter said. “She has shaped Revenue Watch into one of the leading research, policy and advocacy institutions.

Revenue Watch promotes the transparent, accountable and effective management of oil, gas and minerals for the public good.


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