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David serves as the Executive Director of Transversal Think Tank in Mexico and as a member of the Social Participation Committee of the Jalisco State Anticorruption System.  With over 25 years of public policy and management experience, he has been a consultant for various international organizations (World Bank, IDB, UNDP and UN-Habitat), held various high-level positions in the public sector, and participated in various civil society initiatives. He has been a university professor-researcher since 1998 and is currently attached to the Research Institute on Accountability and Combating Corruption of the University of Guadalajara. David completed his Post-Doctorate in Development Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Public Administration from New York University.

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Dacil currently serves as the Vice President of the National Council of Former Presidents of Private Sector Associations (CONEXPA) and has over 25 years of experience as a senior advisor to governments, international organizations,  private corporations, and universities in the United States and Latin America. She has consulted on projects for the UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, FAO, IDB, IICA and USAID. She has been a member of the Technical and Scientific Committee for the Center for Sustainable Development (CIDES) since 2019.  She previously served as the first woman Chairperson of the Private Sector Council for Educational Assistance (COSPAE) and has more than 20 years of teaching experience as a professor of economics, international business and social responsibility at universities in Argentina, Mexico, the United States and Panama.

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With more than 14 years as a skilled public manager and international relations specialist, Karla currently serves as Coordinator of the ADEN School of Government in Panama.  Previous appointments include the Director of Planning and Control of Human Resources in the Panamanian Ministry of the Presidency, as Technical Secretary of the Ibero-American Initiative for Strengthening Governance in conjunction with the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB), and as a member of the evaluation committee for technology and human resource projects for the Inter-American Development Bank and the National Authority for Innovation (AIG).  Karla received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of the Caribbean, Republic of Panama.

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Team: Meet the Team
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Paulo is the Head of Innovation and New Business at Invest.Rio, Rio de Janeiro´s investment promotion and attraction agency.  Paulo works to  connect companies, investors and initiatives to the city's economic ecosystem, generating financial impact for Rio de Janeiro and improving the city's image. Paulo´s experience stems from the private sector where he directed Grupo Mesa, a strategic communications firm for 6 years and Livres, a nationwide organization promoting particiation and transparency in government, for 2 years. For the past 10 years, Paulo has also hosted radio shows on popular entrepreneurism, a cause he is extremely passionate about.  Paulo is a graduate of Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro.


Ivor Chipkin is the Director of the Government and Public Policy (GAPP) Think Tank, based in Johannesburg. He was the founder and director of the Public Affairs Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand and the University of Cape Town for ten years before that. In 2017 Chipkin, with several colleagues, wrote and released the Betrayal of the Promise report, a study of state capture that had a huge political impact in South Africa. Chipkin completed his PhD at the Ecole Normale Superieure in France, where he also did his DEA. Chipkin was an Oppenheimer Fellow at Oxford University. He is the author of Do South Africans Exist? (WUP: 2007) and Shadow State: the politics of state capture with Mark Swilling (WUP: 2018). His new book, The Shattered Vessel, is due out in 2023.

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