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Daniel Mullins

Daniel Mullins


Associate Professor

Professor Mullin's research has focused on fiscal reform and decentralization, intergovernmental fiscal systems, the effects of tax and expenditure limitations on state and local fiscal structure, the implications of demographic changes for state and... [More]

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Rene W. Aubourg

Rene W. Aubourg


Executive in Residence

Dr. Aubourg is a seasoned quantitative policy analyst with twenty years of experience in macroeconomic management, public financial management, cost benefit analysis of public and environmental policies, and project management. He has done consulting... [More]

Affiliated Specialists

For its international and US-based contract assignments, CPFR relies on a team of affiliated public finance specialists. These are practitioners in particular areas of public finance that have extensive experience in technical assistance, capacity-building and education.

Mr. Robert Carroll

Robert Carroll is a nationally recognized tax policy expert who recently served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis, the Department’s top tax economist. In that role he directed the Treasury Department’s efforts on reform of the tax system including providing analytical support to the President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform. He has also served as a senior economist at the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and a visiting scholar at the Congressional Budget Office. He has published numerous papers on a wide range of tax issues in Journal of Labor Economics, National Tax Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, Public Finance Review, and Tax Policy and the Economy.

Mr. Jacques Cook

Mr.Cook is an institutional, legal and project finance specialist who focuses on drafting, analyzing and negotiating contracts used in Private Public Partnerships. He has been a partner at Peckar & Abramson, P.C. and head of their PPP Group focusing on energy, transportation, and environmental infrastructure projects. He was formerly Chief Counsel at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. where he supervised and drafted most of the key contractual documents deployed by the IDB in its private sector project finance transactions. Mr. Cook previously served as counsel with the prestigious UK law firm, Allen & Overy LLP in its New York office where he works on major infrastructure project transactions in Chile, Brazil and Mexico.

Mr. Cook has also been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University and George Mason University teaching international investment and project finance respectively in the School of Foreign Service and the School of Public Policy. He teaches regularly in PPP-related courses for the Institute for Public-Private Partnership, Inc. (IP3), training hundreds of officials from over 75 countries worldwide. He has served as the key instructor in IP3 “PPP and Project Finance” courses in Barbados, Kenya, Tanzania, Ukraine and South Africa. Mr. Cook is also a consultant conducting training program for the Consejo Nacional de Concesiones in Costa Rica assisting its PPP program. Mr. Cook received his J.D. from George Washington University. He is fluent in Spanish and French and has a working knowledge of Portuguese.

Mr. John. C. Dalton

Mr. Dalton has more than 20 years of experience at the Chief of Party and Team Leader level in managing and executing overseas projects in most regions of the world, particularly Africa and Asia. For example, he worked on projects in Pakistan (fiscal decentralization), Zambia (anti-corruption), Burundi (local government financial management), Haiti (educational strengthening), Congo (customs reform), Liberia (performance management), Egypt (strengthening the water agency), and legislative strengthening (Gaza). He also served as Director of the Office of Local Government for the State of Massachusetts.

Dr. Charles Jokay

Dr. Karoly (Charles) Jokay is a municipal finance and creditworthiness specialist with extensive experience in Central and Eastern European countries, including Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Macedonia and Romania, and recently (2009), India, South Africa, Namibia and Botswana. Having served for two years as the Municipal Capital Markets Development Advisor to the Ministry of Interior and to the Ministry of Finance in Hungary, he has extensive regional experience in policy reform, municipal finance and budgeting, utility infrastructure, and the regulation and management of municipal debt. He provides municipal finance and development consulting to international donors and to Hungarian municipalities. Dr. Jokay is currently active in India on a World Bank project evaluating the municipal borrowing regulatory framework in 4 states as well as at the Union level. In Africa, (2009) he is developing a water tariff calculation model, as well as budgeting templates on behalf of local government associations in South Africa, Namibia, and Botswana. The project is sponsored by the EU and the Swedish International Development Agency. Jokay recently completed two World Bank projects in Serbia, providing support on municipal bond disclosure standards, as well as advise on public utility transformation and regulation in the municipal services sector. Jokay, as a Visiting Professor in the Public Policy Department at Central European University in Budapest, teaches courses in municipal finance and public budgeting. He is fluent in Hungarian (native) and English.

Dr. Arthur J. Mann

Dr. Mann has more than 30 years of experience carrying out short? and long?term international consulting assignments with private sector consulting firms and such organizations as the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the International Labour Office, the United Nations Development Program, and the Organization of American States. His participation in over 80 consulting studies/missions has taken him to numerous Latin American and Caribbean countries, Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. Most of Dr. Mann’s work has been in the areas of tax policy and tax administration, tax reform, and public expenditure analysis. He is especially interested in the tax policy-tax administration nexus. He has participated in tax reform efforts in Bahrain, Bolivia, Guatemala, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Panama, Poland, Puerto Rico, Tanzania, and The Bahamas. Moreover, he established and monitored tax administration conditionality for a World Bank structural adjustment loan to Guatemala. In addition to his short-term consultancies, he spent several years in Argentina as a labor market/human resources economist on an ILO employment/labor market project, and in the late 1980s he directed a USAID-funded Harvard Institute for International Development economic policy reform project in Bolivia. During his tenure as a university economics professor, he published more than 70 articles in internationally recognized professional journals, most dealing with varied aspects of public finance and public sector reform. Dr. Mann has a Ph.D. in economics, and is fluent in Spanish.

Dr. Eric R. Nelson

Dr. Eric R. Nelson offers over 40 years of experience in economic development in both short and long-term capacity with World Bank, DAI, ADB and HIID. Throughout his career Dr. Nelson has provided technical assistance in the areas of economic policy, fiscal reform, financial services, and institutional reform. For example, he recently assessed the impact of the Asian Development Bank’s program loans on poverty and was the principal investigator for a methodological and field study of financial services and policies throughout Africa. He assisted in the design of one of the first impact evaluations ever done of a major credit program, in Indonesia. Thereafter, he served as chief of party for a multi-country study on rural finance institutions and economic policy reform. During his tenure at the World Bank, he served as the country economist for Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Liberia. In this capacity Dr. Nelson helped design strategies associated with international controls over government expenditures in post-conflict economy, economic recovery credits, arrears clearance and sectoral reforms. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, teams led by Dr. Nelson received the World Bank’s Africa Region Award for Excellence for economic reforms in Liberia. Dr. Nelson has been Principal Associate for Nathan Associates Inc., Senior Economist for Development Alternatives Inc. and Project Associate at the Harvard Institute of International Development. Additionally, Dr. Nelson has taught courses in economics at Amherst College and Smith College. He holds a PhD in economics from Yale University. He is fluent in French and has substantial working experience in Spanish and Indonesian.

Mr. Peter Simon

Mr. Simon Is a senior intergovernmental/budget expert with 14 years of experience in nine countries; substantial experience with USAID, EU and the World Bank; extensive technical expertise in: intergovernmental finances, public sector budgeting, strategic planning, capital programming, citizen participation and good governance. His managerial experience consists of: Team Leader, Deputy Chief of Party and Chief of Party. His functional expertise includes: intergovernmental capital transfer design in Iraq; revenue assignment policies in Kyrgyzstan; COP of the USAID local government project in Ukraine; and Deputy COP and technical assistance on budget discipline strategies for the local government project in Bosnia-Herzegovina. Prior to his international work, he was actively involved in conducting background studies on Budapest urban transport, and on city's debt carrying capacity for two $75 million infrastructure loans. He is Fluent in both Hungarian (native) and Russian.

Dr. Manana Gnolidze-Swanson

From 1995 – 2006, Dr. Swanson was a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Oriental Studies (Near and Middle East Department) within the Academy of Sciences of Georgia. There she worked on the issues of the energy and tax and fiscal policy in the Middle East, Georgia and the former Soviet region. From 1998-2003 she worked as a Senior Business Consultant for a World Bank enterprises restructuring project, assisting newly privatized companies to restructure. She analyzed the effects of alternative fiscal policies (budget and taxation) on enterprise performance. In South Georgia, Dr. Swanson worked as a specialist for a DFID-funded project to strengthen local government development in that region. She has also performed feasibility studies for local community sustainability for USAID and her recommendations were later successfully implemented. Dr. Swanson has an MPA from George Mason University with a concentration in public finance and a Ph.D from Tbilisi State University. She participated in graduate studies at Mumbai University in India and received a State Department-sponsored fellowship to conduct research at the UC Berkeley and at the Woodrow Wilson Center (Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies) in Washington, D.C. She is fluent in Russian and Georgian.

Mr. Costel Todor

Costel Todor is Deputy Vice-president for Mergers and Acquisitions of SIVECO Romania, the largest software firm in Romania. He has a BS (1994) in Electrical Engineering from The “Transylvania” University, Romania and an M.Sc. (2006) from The Academy for Economic Studies, Bucharest, Romania. For two years (2004-2005), he was lead specialist on the USAID/DAI project for installation of capital planning and budgeting systems in 15 cities. Following completion of that work, he was put in charge of infrastructure planning and contracting for the Secretary General in the Romanian Ministry of Justice. With more than eleven years of experience, he has designed and delivered technical assistance and training for central and local government reform projects in: project management, public services, local infrastructure and local economic development, education, social assistance, and the information technology sector. He was a member of Board of Directors of Deposit Guarantee Fund in the Banking System of Romania (2006-2007) and a Member of Board of Directors for Superior Council of Accountancy and Financials Reports (2005-2007). He is fluent in Romanian (native) and English.

Mr. Glendal Wright

Based in Kiev, Mr. Wright has over fifteen years of experience in the transition countries as a project manager, consultant, trainer, and professor in developing and delivering programs in public administration, budget and finance and local government services. He has extensive experience in management of technical and training programmes as Chief of Party, Chief Technical Advisor, and Team Leader.

His assignments in Poland, Hungary, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Kyrgyzstan, Romania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Tajikistan, Iraq, Angola, Afghanistan and Philippines required provision of training and technical assistance to local governments, training organizations, and public administration institutions. He has provided training and technical assistance to local governments in the functional areas of: public administration, budget and finance, and local government services. He has written extensively in these subjects and is author of a textbook on public administration that has been translated into Ukrainian and Russian. He is the co-editor of a public finance textbook that has been translated into Czech-Slovak, Ukrainian, Russian, Serbian, and Hungarian. He also co-authored a textbook on public management in Central and Eastern Europe. He has extensive experience in the development of training organizations and public administration institutions for curriculum and teacher development.

Mr. Wright has extensive experience in public financial management and the development of intergovernmental transfer systems in transition countries, including Kosovo, Tajikistan, Slovak Republic, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan. In these positions he provided technical support to Ministries of Finance and other ministries dealing with public finance issues and budgeting processes, including Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks (MTEFs) and program budgeting.

Dr. Gustavo Saldiarraga

Dr. Saldiarraga specializes in the areas of: public finance management information systems, capital planning and budgeting systems, public administration reform, project monitoring and evaluation systems, fiscal decentralization and design of transfers, pro-poverty budgeting, and modernization of the state methodologies. He has 20 years of consulting experience designing, implementing technical assistance and training programs for such organizations as: IADB, OEI, World Bank, UNIDO, UNDP, ILPES, OAS, IULA; and consulting firms, such as Abt Associates, DAI, and Gerencial. A Colombian national, he has worked primarily in Latin American countries, e.g. Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Guyana, Panama, Costa Rica, and the Dominican Republic. He is fluent in both French and Spanish. His Ph.D is in economics and he has lectured in different Colombian universities for more than 15 years.