Access to finance is a critical issue for countries rebuilding their economies and to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for Small Island Developing States (SIDS). This session will explore the approaches that island nations require and expand on existing strategies in order to create more resilient economies and drive sustainable green growth.
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Advisor on Sustainable Development and Global Policy, United Nations Foundation
In this role, Zutt focuses on strengthening the results focus and managing the risks of World Bank operations as well as the overall staff learning program. He also plays a key role in various strategic engagements, including for IDA.
Before joining OPCS, Zutt served as the World Bank’s Country Director for Turkey. Previously, he held several other Country Director positions for: Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles and Somalia; and also for Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan.
In 2008, he served as the acting head of the Department of Integrity (INT), the anti-corruption unit of the World Bank Group, and prior to that, as the Adviser to one of the Bank’s two Managing Directors.
From 2000 to 2006, he worked as the Country Program Coordinator for Angola, China, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, and Zambia, as well as the team leader for numerous country strategies and projects.
A Dutch national, Zutt joined the World Bank in 1999. He has a J.D. from Harvard University and a D.Phil. (in philosophy) from the University of Oxford.
Director of the Strategy, Risk, Results and Learning Department at The World Bank
He previously served as Deputy Secretary General of the 54-nation Commonwealth where he led its work in economic and social development. He spearheaded the trade and investment agenda for the Commonwealth across its developing country membership in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa, and Asia. Mr. Maharaj understands the vital role of the private sector as a key driver and partner in development and in Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achievement in partnership with government. He also recognises the importance of creating an enabling environment for business to succeed and the imperative of attracting foreign direct investment in regions such as ours.
Mr. Maharaj supported the establishment of the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council and sat on its Advisory Board for three years. Mr. Maharaj also served with the United Nations in senior roles in the field and at headquarters. He has also lived and worked in the United Kingdom, United States of America, Tanzania and Mozambique.
A graduate of the University of the West Indies, Mr. Maharaj’s academic qualifications include a BSc; Government; Postgraduate Diploma, International Relations; MSc., International Affairs; Bachelor of Laws; and Postgraduate Legal Practice Certificate.
Executive Director, Caribbean Export Development Agency
He is an experienced NGO leader, with 16 years of management experience in the migration and economic justice sectors. Between 2016 and 2018 he led the International Detention Coalition, a global civil society network focused on developing person-centred and non-coercive solutions to migration management challenges through constructive multi-stakeholder collaboration. He has also worked on several occasions as a consultant for the Council of Europe.
He has worked at the national and global levels and in every region, with partners from grassroots activists to intergovernmental bodies and UN agencies. He has a track record of developing successful strategies for change, involving a wide range of activities and processes, including innovative policy development, research, parliamentary advocacy and media campaigning.
Head of Advocacy, Jubilee Debt Campaign
Dr Adhikari has conducted extensive research as well as published in the areas of international trade, foreign direct investment and Aid for Trade. He obtained his PhD from the University of Warwick, UK; his Masters of International Law and Economics from the World Trade Institute, Switzerland; and his Masters of Commerce from the University of Delhi, India.
Dr Ratnakar Adhikari
Executive Director, Enhanced Integrated Framework Secretariat at the WTO
Debt Manager in the Ministry of Finance and Corporate Governance, AOSIS