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Transparency Talks – Today!

March 2, 2010

A discussion with Christina Schultz (Casals & Associates, Inc.) and Michael Geertson (Chemonics Intl.)  on transparency in international development.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

2nd Floor Common Area

Reception: 5:00-5:30

Moderated Discussion: 5:30-6:30

Christina Schultz is a Senior Technical Advisor at Casals & Associates, Inc., an international development consulting firm headquartered in Alexandria, VA. She heads the Casals post-conflict transition and conflict mitigation division. She also currently provides management and technical support for transition programs in Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Ms. Schultz has more than 15 years of experience in conflict mitigation, governance, human rights, refugee issues, gender issues, and policy development. As part of her eight-year tenure in Colombia, she re-built the USAID/Colombia democracy office and managed a five-year budget of $125 million. She also served as Deputy Chief of Party and later Chief of Party for two local governance programs and Chief of Party for an anti-corruption program. Ms. Schultz has worked for the United Nations in Angola and Guatemala; for the Inter-American Development Bank in Panama; and for various nongovernmental organizations in New York City, Angola, Mexico and Central America. She holds a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University.

Michael Geertson is a Director in the Africa Division of Chemonics International, an international development consulting firm headquartered in Washington, DC, where he is responsible for projects in democracy and governance, conflict mitigation and recovery, and food security. He recently began work on a $50 million U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program to restore the Government of Haiti’s operational capacity and facilitate its ability to lead earthquake recovery efforts. Other recent assignments have focused on strengthening justice sector institutions in Rwanda and assessing local capacity to address the HIV/AIDS crisis in Uganda and South Africa.

Prior, Mr. Geertson spent more than a decade with Casals & Associates, Inc., a mid-size business that works with USAID and other donor organizations to carry out rule of law, anti-corruption, and transition initiatives projects in developing countries. He spearheaded dozens of such efforts in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Geertson has presented on transparency and accountability topics at forums organized by the U.S. Department of State, Transparency International, and foreign governments. Later this winter, he will publish an article in the Yale Journal of International Affairs article entitled “Achieving Quick Impact in Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold Projects” which discusses the challenges and successes of new approaches to foreign assistance in the democracy and governance arena. Mr. Geertson holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from Virginia Tech’s Center for Public Administration and Policy.

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