Team Members

BEKHECHI, M. ABDELWAHAB (ABDOU)

Areas of Expertise

Environmental Law, policy and institutions;Environmental legal and regulatory compliance audit of natural resources, infrastructures and development projects.Lecturer on Environmental law, policies and institutions.

Credentials & Experience

  • International Executive with 40 years + of legal practice including advisory services, teaching and research on sustainable development practice at the World Bank, Government, academia and private sector., environmental protection and natural resources management and conservation.
  • PhD in International and Public Law; MS Political Sciences and Master in European, International & Comparative Law;
  • Worked across the world in Africa (more than 20 countries), Asia, Middle east & North Africa (11 countries) and Eastern Europe (four countries)

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Bouzaher, Aziz

Areas of Expertise

Environmental policy and institutions; environmental risk assessment; environmental economics; agriculture and natural resource management; biodiversity; green growth; climate change.

Credentials & Experience

  • 20+ years of sustainable development practice at the World Bank; 10+ years of research and academia; and 5+ years of government service.
  • PhD Industrial and Systems Engineering and Economics; MS Operations Research and Economics; BS Economics
  • Country experience: USA, Canada and Mexico; Central Europe, the Baltic States and Turkey; Middle East and North Africa; South Asia, Indonesia, and the Philippines; and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Gillespie,Brendan

Areas of Expertise

Environmental policy evaluation; integration of environmental and development policies; climate change; circular economy; water and biodiversity; policy instruments; indicators; finance; institutions and capacity development.

Credentials & Experience

  • 35 years work on environment and green growth issues at the OECD;
  • Wide experience of working with EU and other OECD countries as well as emerging economies including Brazil, China, Russia and South Africa.
  • BSc and PhD in environmental management (UK); post-doctoral research (US).

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Makela, Timo

Areas of Expertise

Environment policy and legislation, international environment and sustainable development policy, sustainable development goals, green growth, circular economy, energy and climate, clean tech and environment finance, EU policy, Impact Assessment.

Credentials & Experience

Over 20 years experience on the EU environment and sustainable development policies, legislation and finance, some 30 years management and senior management experience in environment and sustainable development related national, international and finance organizations, over 10 years experience in bilateral, multi-lateral donor funding, banking and other development co-operation, specific experience for the EU, central and eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, Africa and emerging economies regions

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Noponen, Jukka

Areas of Expertise

Energy and resource efficiency policies and practices for cities and regions; sustainable town planning concepts and practices; sustainable development goals; circular economy; cleantech business and policy development.

Credentials & Experience

Over 10 years of environmental sustainability and low-carbon society innovation, clean tech investments at the Finnish Innovation Fund; 25+ years in international environmental and infrastructure consulting, development and training of planning practices, high level business & project management. MS (eng.) real estate management, urban and regional planning. Regional experience: Nordic and Baltic States, Central and Eastern Europe, China and Russia.

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Selvam, Panneer

Areas of Expertise

Environmental and Social Risk Management; Environmental Assessment; Urban Environment and Industrial Pollution Management; Institutional Strengthening and Capacity Building.

Credentials & Experience

  • 20+ years at the World Bank – Environmental and social risk management and sustainable development practices;
  • 15+ years with Consulting and Training and Ministry of Environment: urban environment management, river cleaning, water pollution management and water supply and sanitation services.
  • MS in Sanitary Engineering; BS in Chemical Engineering
  • Regional experience: South Asia, East Asia and Pacific Islands, Middle East & North Africa; Eastern Europe, and Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Stritih, Jernej

Areas of Expertise

Biodiversity conservation,ForestryClimate Change, Environmental policy,Strategic planning for sustainability,Mountain region development,International processes and institutions,Civil society organizations,Capacity building.

Credentials & Experience

  • 20+ years of experience at different levels of environmental and sustainability efforts, including senior government positions in Slovenia (environment and climate change), managing the Regional Environmental Centre for CEE and consulting on OECD, EU, UNDP, KfW and other donor projects related to EU enlargement, biodiversity, climate change and overall environmental policy.
  • MSc in Forestry
  • Regional Experience: Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe, Caucasus

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Venugopal, Venu

Areas of Expertise

Strategic Planning and Management, Leadership of Multifunctional Teams, Finance, Accounting and Human Resources, Internal Controls and Performance Measurement.

Credentials & Experience

Experienced senior financial professional with 30+ years of experience at various levels with the Private sector and the World Bank.  Lead multi functional teams through strong technical, interpersonal and Management skills. Professional Qualifications: MS(Mathematical and Physical Science), MBA (Finance/ Operations Research), LLB (Bachelor of Law), CPA (Accountancy) and CFP (Financial Planning).  Country Experience:  USA, Middle East & North Africa, South and South East Asia. Kosovo

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