The Private Sector & Development magazine’s Advisory Board comprises experts from the academic world, the public sector and private sector who show a keen interest in development issues. For the members of the Advisory Board, the Private Sector & Development magazine is a new platform for dialogue where their contributions can provide insight into the main challenges facing developing and emerging countries.

Jean-Claude Berthélemy (Professor of Economics, Sorbonne University)

Jean-Claude Berthélemy is Professor of Economics and Director of the Economics Department at Sorbonne University (Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne). A specialist in Development Economics, he headed the National Development Policy Division at the OECD prior to managing the CEPII, France’s main research institute specialized in international economics. Jean-Claude Berthélemy often works as a consultant for various institutions, including the World Bank, OECD and World Institute for Development Economics Research (United Nations University). He is the author of several publications on development economics, as well as a number of articles published in academic literature, and was vice president of the European Development Research Network (EUDN). He is also corresponding member of Institut de France (political and moral sciences academy) and senior fellow of FERDI (the Foundation for International Development Study and Research).


Pr. Paul Collier (Professor of Economics, Oxford University)

Paul Collier is Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies and Professor of Economics at Oxford University. He works as a consultant for several international institutions, including the IMF and World Bank. Paul Collier is also adviser to the British Government on economic issues. He is the author of The Bottom Billion, a book that was awarded several prizes, including the Arthur Ross Book Award. His second book Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Placeswas published in March 2009 and his latest book The Plundered Planet: How to reconcile prosperity with nature was published in May 2010. Paul Collier regularly publishes articles in the international press, mainly in The Independent, New York Times and The Wall Street Journal.


Kemal Dervis (former Administrator of the United Nations Development Program)

Kemal Dervis was Administrator of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) from 2005 to 2009. Kemal Dervis was also Turkey’s Minister for Economic Affairs from 2001 to 2002. He was behind the country’s economic recovery plan following the violent financial crisis in 2001. Kemal Dervis previously worked for the World Bank between 1997 and 2001, where he held several positions, including Division Chief for Industrial and Trade Strategy. He is currently Vice President and Director of the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution . In 2005, he was ranked 67th in the Top 100 Public Intellectuals Poll conducted by Prospect Magazine and Foreign Policy.


Mohamed Ibrahim (Entrepreneur in the Telecoms sector and Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation)

Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahimis an entrepreneur in the telecoms sector. He worked for several telecom companies prior to founding Celtel which, when it was sold, had 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries. In 2005, he set up the Mo Ibrahim Foundation , which works to promote better governance in Africa. It achieves this via the Mo Ibrahim Index, which makes an annual assessment of the quality of governance in each African country, and the Mo Ibrahim Prize, which is awarded to African Heads of State who have made an exceptional contribution to the development of their country and democratically transferred their powers to their successors. Mo Ibrahim is also a member of the Africa Regional Advisory Board at London Business School.



Pierre Jacquet (President of the Global Development Network)

Pierre Jacquet is President of the Global Development Network (GDN), a public international organization based in New Delhi whose mission is to build research capacity in economics and social sciences in developing countries. He was previously Chief Economist (2002-2012) and Director of Strategy (2002-2010) at the Agence française de développement (AFD), and also Professor of International Political Economy and President of the “Department of Economic and Social Sciences, Management and Finance” at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (ENPC), a graduate engineering school in Paris. Between 1997 and 2006, he was also a member of the Council of Economic Analysis, which reports to the French Prime Minister, and is currently a member of the Cercle des Economistes, a French non-governmental think tank. He is a columnist on development issues in Le Monde de l’économie. Pierre Jacquet has also directed the publication of the quarterly review Afrique contemporaine and was (1990-2002) Chief Editor of the quarterly review Politique étrangère.



Michael Klein (former Vice President of Financial and Private Sector Development at the World Bank Group)

Michael Klein held several positions at the World Bank Group, prior to taking charge of the financial sector and private sector development activity both for the World Bank and IFC until 2009. He notably initiated the Doing Business project launched by the World Bank in 2003. Michael Klein has also worked for the OECD, the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and Amnesty International. Michael Klein has been Professor of Development Policy at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management since 2011. He also lectures at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies and was visiting Professor at Harvard Kennedy School.



Nanno Kleiterp (Chief Executive Officer of FMO)

Nanno Kleiterp is the current Chief Executive Officer of FMO, the Dutch development finance institution, which is one of the largest development banks in the world. Nanno Kleiterp joined FMO in 1987 and has held several positions in the institution, including Chief Finance Officer, then Chief Investment Officer. Nanno Kleiterp also worked for several years in the private sector in developing countries, particularly in Latin America. Since 2010, Nanno Kleiterp has been Chairman of the Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI) of the 15 European DFIs.



Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Finance Minister of Nigeria)

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, an internationally recognized economist, has been Nigeria’s Minister of Finance – a position she already held between 2003 and 2006 – and Coordinating Minister for the Economy since 2011. She has also held several positions at the World Bank Group and was notably Managing Director between 2007 and 2011. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is actively involved in development issues. She is a fellow of the Brookings Institution, a Global Financial Integrity Advisory Board member and is on the Board of Directors of the World Resources Institute.


Jean-Michel Severino, CEO of “Investisseurs & Partenaires”

Since May 2011, Jean-Michel Severino has been the CEO of “Investisseurs & Partenaires” (I&P), a family of impact investment funds dedicated to SMEs in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prior to joining I&P, he was Director of Development at the Ministry of Cooperation, Vice-President for East Asia at the World Bank and Chief Executive Officer of the AFD from 2001 to 2010. Jean-Michel Severino is member of several boards, including Ecobank International, Orange, Danone and Sanofi foundation. He chairs the board of Convergences 2015, a European think-tank working on development and poverty alleviation issues. He is a senior fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and of the FERDI.
His book « Le Temps de l’Afrique » co-authored with Olivier Ray and published in 2010 illustrates his full commitment to Africa.



Bruno Wenn (Chairman of DEG)

Bruno Wenn is the current Chairman of DEG, the German development finance institution, which is one of the largest development banks in the world. Prior to joining DEG, Bruno Wenn held several positions at KfW, including Chief Strategy Officer and Director of the Sub-Saharan Africa Department. He is also a director of several associations, including the German-African Business Association, the Association for the Development of Economic Relations with Latin America, and the Association of European Development Finance Institutions (EDFI).



Michel Wormser (Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MIGA, World Bank Group)

Michel Wormser is the current Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at MIGA, the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency. Michel Wormser joined the World Bank Group in 1978 and has worked in various regions in the world, particularly in Africa and Asia, where he contributed to private sector development. His previous positions include Director for Strategy and Operations for the Africa Region, Director of the Africa Infrastructure Department, and Director of the Sustainable Development Department, again for Africa. Michael Wormser has also served as Senior Advisor to the Executive Vice President of IFC and Vice President for Private Sector Development at the World Bank.