Transition to Transition: Sharing Experiences (Open to all participants)

Sala 101, Level 1, Parliamentary Assembly Building

The EBRD regions of operations covers a diverse set of countries at different stages of development, but the obstacles and constraints are often similar. The lesson learned from reforms implemented successfully in one country may, with suitable modification, be applied with equal success elsewhere. But what is the best way to share experiences, and do peer-to-peer exchanges across countries really work? In this special event, a distinguished group of policy-makers explain how they have brought their experience of market-oriented reforms to other countries, and they discuss the challenges associated with a “transition to transition” approach to knowledge sharing.

This evening event will take place on Tuesday 7 May and will be preceded by a Reception from 18:15.


In order to register for this event, please select 'Associated Events' on the Annual Meeting registration page.

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Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Suma Chakrabarti is the sixth President of the EBRD. During his Presidency, the EBRD has increased transition impact on the ground in its nearly 40 countries of operations, recently hitting record investment levels of nearly €10 billion. He has overseen the start of operations in countries of the southern and eastern Mediterranean and the Bank now has 69 shareholders. The Bank has also focused on enhancing policy engagement in such areas as Green Economy Transition and social and economic inclusion. All of this has been achieved while maintaining the EBRD’s strong capital base and ‘AAA’ rating. Prior to the EBRD, Suma held key positions in the UK’s Civil Service: he was Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Justice, headed DFID, and also worked in the Treasury and Cabinet Office.

Imad Fakhoury

Senior Advisor, IFC

Imad Fakhoury joined IFC in early 2019 as a Senior Adviser for Private Sector Solutions.

Fakhoury served as Chair of the World Bank and IMF annual meetings in 2017 and as Chairman of the Board of Governors for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2018.

He also served in successive Jordanian governments as Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Minister of Public Sector Development, and Minister of State for Mega Projects.

Fakhoury has an Executive MBA from Kellogg Business School, a Master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, and a Master’s in engineering.

Valeria Gontareva

Former Governor, National Bank of Ukraine

Valeria Gontareva is Senior Policy Fellow at the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics. Before assuming that role in 2018, Valeria served as the Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine between 2014-2017. She was the first woman to lead Ukraine’s Central Bank and oversaw vital reforms to implement a new monetary policy of inflation targeting and a flexible exchange rate regime, in order to clean up Ukraine’s banking sector, strengthen regulatory supervision, and ensure the independence of the National Bank. Valeria Gontareva began her career in financial services in 1993 and gained over two decades of private sector experience at both Ukrainian and international financial institutions before her appointment as Governor of the Central Bank.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili

International Advisor, EBRD - Tashkent

Giorgi Kvirikashvili served as Prime Minister of Georgia between 2015-2018. As Chairman of the Georgian Dream Party, he led it to a landslide victory in the 2016 elections. Kvirikashvili spearheaded major initiatives to advance Georgia's Euro-Atlantic and European integration, and his other achievements include the introduction of Schengen visa-free travel for Georgian citizens, tax reform, the abolition of corporate income tax, and the introduction of the Pillar II Pension System.

Prior to being Prime Minister, Kvirikashvili served as Foreign Minister, Minister of the Economy and a Member of Parliament in Georgia. He currently serves as an International Adviser for the EBRD, advising on the creation of the Foreign Investors Council under the President of Uzbekistan.

Ivan Miklos

Former Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic, MESA10

Ivan Mikloš is a former Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of the Slovak Republic (2002-2006, 2010-2012), and served as Deputy Prime Minister for Economy (1998-2002). Since April 2016, he has been Chief Economic Adviser to the Prime Minister of Ukraine. He is also Chairman of the Strategic Advisory Group for Supporting Ukrainian Reforms (SAGSUR) and President of MESA10, the Slovakian economic think-tank. He was one of the leading figures of economic transformation in the Slovak Republic. In 2004, Ivan Mikloš was awarded the title of ‘Best Minister of Finance of the Year’ by Euromoney, and ‘Top Business Reformer’ by the World Bank´s Doing Business report.

Mattia Romani

Managing Director, Economics, Policy & Governance, EBRD

Mattia Romani is EBRD Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance. Before joining the EBRD in 2014, he was Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute; senior expert with McKinsey and Company; and Lord Nicholas Stern’s deputy on the UN Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance. Between 2007-2009, he worked as the lead economist on the Stern Review team in the UK Government. Prior to this he had leading roles at Shell International and the World Bank.

Mattia holds a Doctorate (D.Phil.) in Economics from the University of Oxford and a M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics, and was a Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics.

Guðmundur Árnason

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance & Economic Affairs

Guðmundur Árnason is Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in Iceland. He previously served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry for Education, Culture and Research in Iceland. He is a Deputy Governor to the International Monetary Fund, the EBRD and the Nordic Investment Bank. He is also Chairman of the Board of the General Pension Fund and a member of the Nordic-Baltic Monetary and Finance Committee.

In October 2008 he was appointed by the Prime Minister of Iceland to administer coordination of the authorities´ response to the financial crisis and mitigate its repercussions.

He holds a Masters in International Relations from Sussex University and a Bachelor´s degree in Political Studies from the University of Stirling.