CAO's small but diverse team includes professionals from the private and nonprofit sectors with experience in dispute resolution, compliance, social and environmental best practice, cross-cultural communication, research, advocacy, and professional administration.
Meg Taylor, Vice President and CAO
Meg Taylor is a national of Papua New Guinea, received her LL. B from Melbourne University, Australia and her LL.M from Harvard University, USA. She practiced law in Papua New Guinea and served as a member of the Law Reform Commission. Meg was Ambassador of Papua New Guinea to the United States, Mexico and Canada in Washington, DC from 1989-94. She is co-founder of Conservation Melanesia and has served on the boards of international conservation and research organizations. In addition, she has served as a board member of a number of companies in Papua New Guinea in the natural resources, financial, and agricultural sectors, and on the boards of companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange. Meg Taylor was appointed to the post of Vice President and CAO of the World Bank Group in 1999, following a selection process led by civil society, industry, and academia.
Scott Adams, Specialist, Dispute Resolution
Scott, a US national, has over 17 years of diverse domestic and international experience in providing dispute resolution, management consulting, and training services. His clients and industry experience include the non-profit sector, government, higher education, utilities, health care, biotechnology, transportation, and international development. Prior to joining CAO, Scott founded and managed a private mediation and consulting practice. He has also served in senior positions at Search for Common Ground and CDR Associates, and was formerly an Associate in Booz Allen Hamilton’s Organization and Strategy practice. Scott received his B.A. in Political Science and Russian from Emory University and an LL.M. in Public International Law from Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Daniel Adler, Specialist, Compliance
Prior to joining CAO, Daniel worked in social development with the World Bank in the East Asia Pacific region. His work has focused on fragile and post conflict countries where he has covered issues including land management, resettlement, labor relations, social accountability and justice reform. An Australian national, Daniel is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and holds degrees in law and social sciences from the University of Melbourne, Australia.
Charity Agorsor, Consultant Services Assistant
A Ghanaian national, Charity Agorsor came to the CAO with extensive experience from IFC's Industry Departments and provides procurement assistance to the CAO office. She is the contact point for all consultants hiring and other Resource Management transaction processing for the CAO.
Midori Akamine, Senior Specialist, Compliance
Midori Akamine is originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and has worked and lived in the UK, Japan, and the continental USA in addition to her work in the Pacific region. She comes to the CAO with a variety of work experience in the areas of environmental regulatory frameworks, including management of fishing industries in the western and central Pacific, aquaculture, energy development, and conservation of protected species and habitats. As part of her public sector work, Midori interfaced with private industry to enhance education and understanding of the impact of governmental regulations, including enforcement consequences. She has also worked in marine environmental protection for the Northeast Atlantic at the OSPAR Commission and has also worked with private technology companies, non governmental organizations, governments and industry to develop projects to address IUU fishing in large remote ocean areas. She has had substantial roles in program development, supervising programs and projects, and has served as the Pacific region’s facilitator, administering administrative hearings related to limited entry commercial fishing permits. She earned a BA and MA in political science from the University of California, San Diego, and a JD from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Law. Midori is licensed to practice law in several US jurisdictions. She has also served as the Chairperson for the Natural Resources Law Section of the Hawaii Bar Association, was the first elected Chair of the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and is a volunteer with several organizations that work on environment and development issues
Gina Barbieri, Senior Specialist, Dispute Resolution
Gina Barbieri manages CAO's dispute resolution function and is a South African human rights lawyer and dispute resolution professional. Before joining the CAO she ran a legal practice specializing in mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She has mediated numerous disputes in the employment, commercial and community arena and is the author of two books on labor practice in the public and private sector. Gina co-authored and edited two IFC publications on the establishment of ADR Centers in emerging markets and guidelines on the practice of ADR. She is a co-founder of the African Institute for Mediation, served as the Deputy Head of the Africa Center for Dispute Settlement, Stellenbosch University Business School, and sat on the steering committee for the establishment of the African Mediation Association. She obtained her BComm LLB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and is a CEDR (UK) and IMI accredited international mediator.
Anke Campbell, Team Assistant
Born in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, Anke migrated with her family to the United States at the age of 10. Prior to joining CAO, Anke worked as an Account Manager, providing tax credit services, and as a Senior Customer Service Representative in various insurance industries, focusing on vision and auto. Anke works directly with Gina Barbieri and assists specialists and consultants with travel logistics and administrative issues.
Patrick Flanagan, Research Analyst, Compliance
Prior to joining CAO, Patrick worked with Accenture and Allied Irish Banks Capital Markets. An Irish national, he received his M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and his Bachelors of Commerce from University College Dublin.
Julia Gallu, Specialist, Dispute Resolution
Before joining CAO, Julia Gallu was a sustainability risk manager at Swiss Reinsurance Company in Zurich, Switzerland helping to develop sustainability risk management policies. Previously, she was part of the World Bank Group Extractive Industries Review team, and worked for IFC in the area of environmental and social standards and development impact measurement. Julia holds an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a M.A. Joint Honours in Politics and Economics from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Julia is a German national.
Emily Horgan, Specialist, Communications & Outreach
Emily Horgan manages CAO’s communications and outreach program to civil society and other stakeholders. Before joining CAO, Emily worked for IFC's environment and social development department and the World Bank Group Extractive Industries Review, and has experience in the areas of sustainability standards and reporting, evaluations, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS, and biofuels. Formerly, Emily worked for the Financial Times and in public relations in London. A British national, Emily has an M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a B.A. Joint Honours in Politics and History from the University of Durham, U.K.
Elizabeth Mensah, Associate, Advisory
A Canadian and Ghanaian national, Elizabeth Mensah has expertise in grassroots development and conflict management in Africa. Before joining the CAO she taught at Bloomberg School of Public Health (Johns Hopkins). She has also worked with, and serves on the boards of, local and international NGOs in Canada and Ghana. Elizabeth holds a PhD in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Abisola Odutola, Research Analyst
Abisola is a Nigerian national with environmental consultancy experience within various sectors - oil & gas, metal production, chemical manufacturing, food processing and production, and power generation industries. Prior to joining the CAO, Abisola worked in the United Kingdom as an environmental consultant on a range of projects involving environmental compliance, environmental permitting, site protection monitoring programmes, site investigation, environmental impact assessment, environmental legislation review, Best Available Techniques (BAT) assessments, and due diligence audits. Abisola received her MSc. in Environmental Technology (Water Management) from Imperial College London and a BSc. in Geology from the University of Ibadan.
Paula Panton, Executive Assistant
A Jamaican national, Paula brings to the CAO over 25 years of experience working with IFC. Known as the “Field Marshal,” she works directly with Meg Taylor and provides administrative support to the office.
Andrea Repetto Vargas, Specialist, Dispute Resolution
A Chilean national, Andrea Repetto has worked with human rights issues in Latin America. In Chile, she worked for academia and for a non-governmental organization dealing mostly with public interest matters. Prior to joining CAO, Andrea worked as a human rights specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, mainly on following-up on human rights and international humanitarian law aspects of the demobilization process of the illegal armed group United Self-Denfense Forces of Colombia (AUC), and as country lawyer for Brazil. She earned her law degree from University Diego Portales in Chile, and a LLM in international and comparative law from the George Washington University Law School.
Susana Rodriguez, Associate Operations Officer
An Ecuadorian and Spanish national, Susana received her M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and her B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College, NC. Before joining CAO, she worked in various local and international NGOs in the U.S., Switzerland, and South Africa, as well as for UNDP in Ecuador. Susana’s areas of professional interest are conflict management and African studies.
Amenah Smith, Program Assistant
Amenah is an Indonesian national. Prior to joining CAO she was working for the World Bank Group in Jakarta as a Program Assistant in the Operations Services Unit, Legal Department, as well as a Country Program Assistant for the Indonesia Country Management Unit in Washington, DC. Amenah joined CAO as a back up for the Consultant Services Assistant and provides administrative support to the office.