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World Bank appoints Jalal as a panel member

Monika Singh
Friday, November 24, 2017

A FIJI national has been appointed as a member of the World Bank Group's Inspection Panel by the bank's board of executive directors.

Imrana Jalal's appointment will become effective from January 1, 2018 and she will serve on the Inspection Panel for one five-year term.

In a statement on the World Bank website, group president Jim Yong Kim said he was pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Jalal as a member of the Inspection Panel.

"Ms Jalal replaces Zeinab Bashir El Bakri, whose term expires on December 31, 2017.

"Ms Jalal, a Fiji national, will bring to the Panel more than 30 years of experience, across diverse geopolitical and multicultural environments in the private and public sectors, and has a balance of interest, authority, experience and flexibility. As a Principal Social Development Specialist for the Asian Development Bank, Ms Jalal has gained intimate knowledge of MDB operations in various sectors and has demonstrated her ability to engage and build rapport and trust with stakeholders around various and complex issues.

"Her legal background and research-based approach to decision making will facilitate communication and effective interaction with civil society, governments, as well as with the World Bank.

"Ms Jalal's leadership experience as a Commissioner in the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists, as Chief Technical Adviser at the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team Office, and as Fiji Human Rights Commissioner, make evident her integrity, people skills and ability to broker trust relationships.

"She earned a Masters of Arts, Gender and Development from the University of Sydney, and an LLB and LLM (Hons.) in International Law from the University of Auckland.

"Ms Jalal was selected to this position through an international, competitive recruitment process," he said.

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