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World Bank Poised to Pick New President 

WHO:  American University experts available to discuss new World Bank president

Analysis, discussion of World Bank program, new president

April 16 - ongoing

WHERE: In-studio, via telephone, American University

The World Bank Board is expected to vote on its new leader today and it’s expected to be U.S. nominee Dartmouth College President Jim Young Kim. With support from Japan, Russia and China in addition to Canada, Mexico, and South Korea, Kim is the runaway favorite against his challenger, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. However, it’s the first time there has been a challenge to the U.S. nominee. This marks a turning point and is indicative that future World Bank presidents may not come exclusively from the U.S. – especially if Europe, Japan, Russia, India, Brazil and China were ever to split their respective votes to back a non-U.S. candidate. American University experts are available to discuss the new World Bank president, the process of electing the new president, and what the future may hold, in addition to the effectiveness of World Bank programs.

Robin Broad, professor of international development, is an expert on the World Bank and development issues in economic, environmental and social terms. Broad has been following the World Bank for more than 30 years and has written numerous books and articles on related subjects. Her most recent book coauthored with John Cavanagh, Development Redefined: How the Market Met Its Match (Paradigm Publishers, 2009), follows the rise of the Washington Consensus and its failure as a model for economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable development. The book also chronicles the many voices that are calling for alternatives in an effort to redefine development. She has served on the Board of the Bank Information Center. She has previously worked on World Bank-related issues as an international economist at the U.S. Department of Treasury, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

Tamar Gutner,
director of the program on international politics, program on international economic relations, is an expert on the performance and effectiveness of international organizations, particularly international financial institutions. She is the author of Banking on the Environment: Multilateral Development Banks and Their Performance in Central and Eastern Europe (MIT Press).  Gutner’s research interests include international organizations, global environmental politics, and international political economy.

George Guess,
adjunct professor in the department of public administration and policy, has worked for more than 20 years providing technical assistance and training to strengthen and reform central and local government systems. He has served at both the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund and at the World Bank. He is the author of The Politics of United States Foreign Aid.

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