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Deborah Isser

Deborah Isser is Lead Governance Advisor in Africa and Global Lead for Justice Reform in the Governance Practice at the World Bank. She is a co-author of the World Development Report 2017, Governance and the Law. She joined the World Bank in 2011, and has served as Program Manager of the Justice for the Poor program and governance focal point for fragile and conflict-affected states. Previously, Deborah worked at the United States Institute of Peace, directing projects on legal pluralism and on land and conflict. She served as senior policy adviser at the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and special adviser on peacekeeping at the United States Mission to the United Nations. She is the editor of Customary Justice and the Rule of Law in War-Torn Societies (USIP Press 2011), and author of several reports, articles and book chapters on law, justice and development. Deborah served as adjunct faculty at Georgetown and George Washington Law Schools. She received degrees from Harvard Law School, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Columbia University.

Shanta Devarajan

Shanta Devarajan is the Senior Director for Development Economics (DEC) at the World Bank.

Previously, he was the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region. Since joining the World Bank in 1991, he has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, and the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network, the South Asia Region and Africa Region. He was a director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People. Before 1991, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. A member of the Overseas Development Institute’s Board of Trustees, and the author or co-author of more than 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries. Born in Sri Lanka, Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Shanta’s latest blog posts can be found on his blog, Future Development.

Isabelle Baud

Isabelle Baud is Chair of the INCLUDE Knowledge Platform and has been member since its inception. She is emerita professor of International Development Studies at the University of Amsterdam, where she headed the research program on Livelihoods, Environment and Governance there. Her main interests concern urban governance issues, and use of spatial knowledge management in urban development. Her most recent EU-funded project compared city development in South Africa, India, Peru and Brazil; working with a wide international research network.

Kinandu Muragu

Prof. Kinandu Muragu holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow, UK. He currently serving as the Chair of the Universities Fund Board, the body responsible for allocating public funds and grants to universities in Kenya. He  has previously served as  a member of the senior management team of the Central Bank of Kenya. Prof. Muragu has provided exemplary leadership having headed or worked at senior levels in both private and public sector institutions in Kenya and other countries. He is also a board member in several Kenyan and regional institutions.

John Mukum Mbaku

John Mukum Mbaku is Brady Presidential Distinguished Professor of Economics and John S. Hinckley Fellow at Weber State University. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and an attorney and counselor at law, licensed to practice in the Supreme Court of the State of Utah, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

He received his PhD in economics from the University of Georgia and his JD in law and graduate certificate in natural resources and environmental law from the S. J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. He is a resource person for the Kenya-based African Economic Research Consortium.

His research interests are in public choice, constitutional political economy, environmental and natural resources law, governance and the rule of law, sustainable development, law and development, international human rights, intellectual property, rights of indigenous groups, trade integration and institutional reforms in Africa.

Professor Mbaku is the author of Corruption in Africa: Causes, Consequences, and Cleanups (Lexington Books, 2010) and (with Mwangi S. Kimenyi) of Governing the Nile River Basin: The Search for a New Legal Regime (The Brookings Institution Press, 2015). His latest book is Protecting Minority Rights in African Countries: A Constitutional Political Economy Approach (Edward Elgar, 2018).

On May 22, 2017, John Mukum Mbaku, was admitted and qualified as an Attorney and Counsellor of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Lwanga Elizabeth Nanziri

Dr. Nanziri is currently a Newton International Fellow and a British Academy Scholar at the University of Oxford. Her research field is development economics focusing on financial inclusion for households and firms; household welfare and behavioural economics. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa. Previously, Elizabeth was the Chief Executive Officer of the South African Savings Institute, an institution tasked with inculcating a culture of saving among South Africans with the mandate of the National Treasury and the Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa. Elizabeth has extensive experience in inclusive finance for households in Africa and Latin America.