Executive Advisor on Fragile States, World Vision
Jonathan Papoulidis (@JPapoulidis) is the executive advisor on fragile states at World Vision. He previously served with the United Nations, including in Indonesia as the UN coordinator for Aceh and the security coordinator for Sumatra; in Liberia, as an advisor on governance and recovery to the UN deputy special representative of the secretary-general in the UN Peacekeeping mission; in Turkey as the UNOCHA senior representative preparing for the 2003 Iraq humanitarian response, and at the UN headquarters in New York. He has written for the Brookings institution, OECD, Harvard international review, and Yale Journal of international affairs. He has a Master's in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
Vice President, Busara Center in Nairobi and Research Director of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium, ODI
Mareike Schomerus is the Vice President of the Busara Center in Nairobi and Research Director of the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium at ODI in London. Prior to that, Ms. Schomerus was ODI’s Director of Program Politics and Governance. She is a widely published researcher with a body of work on violent conflict, political contestation, and peace processes in South Sudan and Uganda and across borders, as well as behavioral mechanisms in post-conflict recovery. She holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics and Political Science and Master’s Degrees from Columbia University and the University of Bremen.
Engagement Director, Busara Center, Nairobi
Gideon Too is the Engagement Director at the Busara Center in Nairobi. For the past four years, Mr.Too has increasingly focused on using behavioral science to understand how to support civic engagement and how better engagement can increase social accountability. He has worked on a diverse range of advisory and research projects across East Africa, with a specific interest in financial inclusion, environmental and social justice, and charitable giving spaces. Prior to joining Busara, Mr.Too gained a BA in Economics from Wesleyan University and was part of the financial services advisory team in Ernst & Young’s New York office.
Program Manager, Global Partnership for Social Accountability, World Bank
Jeff Thindwa (@JeffThindwa) leads the GPSA’s strategies for collaborative social accountability that bridge civil society and governments to improve accountability and performance of public policies and key sectors such as health, education, and water. Mr. Thindwa joined the Bank in 2000 as a social development specialist and led work on participation and social accountability in operations. He moved to South Asia Region where he supported operations and led the Program for Accountability in Nepal, a social accountability grant facility. From 2014 Mr. Thindwa was Practice Manager, Open and Collaborative Governance, leading work on open government, parliaments, governance of extractives, and citizen engagement. Prior to the World Bank, Mr. Thindwa worked in civil society for 17 years following careers in the government of Malawi as a legal aid attorney, and in private law practice.
Global Director for Social Development, Sustainable Development Practice Group, World Bank
Louise Cord (@LouiseCord) is Global Director for Social Development in the World Bank’s Sustainable Development Practice Group. She was Country Director for Senegal, Cabo Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania, based in Dakar, Senegal. Prior to that, Ms. Cord was Practice Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Poverty Global Practice. A U.S. National, she joined the Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional in the Bank’s Young Professional Program. She has held various positions in the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development departments, working on inclusive growth, poverty reduction, and rural development. Ms. Cord has worked in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern and Central Europe. She holds a Ph.D. in Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and has published on rural poverty, pro-poor growth, and inclusive growth challenges and strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Fragility Forum Lead, FCV Group, World Bank
Caroline Vagneron (@CVagneron) coordinates the Knowledge and Learning program of the World Bank Fragility, Conflict, and Violence Group. She leads the Fragility Forum since 2018. In her role, Ms.Vagneron leads the design and development of training curriculum on FCV matters for staff around the world. Ms.Vagneron also supports operations in West Africa and co-leads an initiative on the nexus between security and development efforts. Ms.Vagneron joined the Bank in 2000 and has worked, over the years, in Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Caribbean, mostly in operations. Ms.Vagneron holds a Masters in Political Science and a Masters in Contemporary History from La Sorbonne University in Paris. She has been working on workplace diversity issues in the Bank for years and was the President of the World Bank Group LGBT+ Employee Resource Group GLOBE for three years.