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Imrana Jalal appointed as new Inspection Panel Member

Imrana Jalal has been appointed as a member of the Inspection Panel, succeeding Zeinab Bashir Elbakri. World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kimannounced Ms. Jalal’s appointment on November 22 after it was approved by the Bank’s Board of Executive Directors.

Below is President Kim’s statement:

“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Imrana Jalal as a Member of the Inspection Panel. Ms. Jalal replaces Ms. 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. Her appointment is effective January 1, 2018.”

Inspection Panel members serve one five-year term.