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PCM experts

Dr. Owen Mclntyre (Irish national, resident in Ireland), appointed for a three-year term.

Dr. Mclntyre is an academic lawyer with extensive experience and knowledge of environmental law, policy and regulation at the national, EU and international levels. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law at University College Cork, National University of Ireland. He has served as the Parliamentary and Law Reform Officer of the Law Society of Ireland.

He is also the Chair of the specialist Working Group on International Water Resources Law of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) and a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency. He has published extensively in all areas of environmental and natural resources law and is a recognised authority on international environmental law. He has worked as a legal consultant in several of the Bank’s countries of operation, including Albania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, FYR of Macedonia, Poland, Russia, Serbia and Montenegro, the Slovak Republic and Turkmenistan. Dr McIntyre is a member of a number of high-level advisory boards. He has been an appointed Expert for the EBRD’s Independent Recourse Mechanism from 2004 to 2009, during which he conducted the fìrst-ever Compliance Review and the first-ever Eligibility Assessment.

Ms. Susan Wildau (American national, resident in the US), appointed for a five-year term.

Ms. Wildau is an independent consultant, recognised as a highly experienced mediator, facilitator, grievance mechanism designer, and trainer. Ms. Wildau has worked in the field of complex, multiparty problem-solving and conflict management for more than thirty years. As a sociologist and conflict resolution specialist by training, she has provided independent intermediary services to a broad range of stakeholders and consulted in over thirty-five countries in Central Europe and the CIS, Western Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America and North America.

Many of her projects have focused on convening diverse stakeholder groups of company and community representatives to address high stakes issues associated with development impacts. She is well versed in working in conflict sensitive areas and has facilitated numerous dialogue processes and technical committees to help parties successfully address contentious issues over economic development, ethnic/religious group relations, natural resources, land and property, environment and health, and human rights, among others. She has worked closely with the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman of the International Finance Corporation, both providing strategic advice and managing field-based conflict resolution services. She has also worked with the Special Project Facilitator at the Asian Development Bank, as part of that institution's accountability mechanism.

Professor Walter Leal (German national, resident in Germany), appointed for a five-year term.

Professor Leal is a trained biologist and director of the Research and Transfer Centre “Applications of Life Sciences” at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences where he is in charge of a number of international projects. He has previously held academic posts at the University of Luneburg and the University of Bradford (UK). He has authored, co-authored or edited over 200 publications.

Professor Leal is also the editor of the Journal “Management of Environmental Quality” and the founding editor of the “International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education” and the “International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management”. He has wide experience in respect of project management and administration and served as an Expert from 2003 to 2008 to the Independent Investigation Mechanism of the Inter-American Development Bank, where he directed compliance reviews in several Latin American countries and chaired various evaluation teams. He has project implementation experience in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. He also acts as an expert to the World Bank in the evaluation of projects on an ad hoc basis.

Last updated 30 June 2014