PCM Experts

A roster of independent experts assists the PCM Officer in the review of Complaints. The PCM Experts serve as Eligibility Assessors, Compliance Review Experts or Problem-solving Experts, and may be responsible, on delegation by the PCM Officer, for any follow-up monitoring and reporting.

Dr Owen Mclntyre (PCM Expert since 2010) teaches Law at University College Cork and has extensive experience of environmental law, policy and regulation at the national, European Union and international levels. He chairs the IUCN-WCEL Specialist Group on Water and Wetlands and sits on the Scientific Committee of the European Environment Agency. He publishes extensively in all areas of environmental and natural resources law and is a recognised authority on international water law. He has worked in several of the EBRD's countries of operations and is a member of a number of high-level advisory boards. He was appointed as an Expert for the EBRD’s Independent Recourse Mechanism from 2004 to 2009.

Ms Susan T. Wildau (PCM Expert since 2010), MA has worked in the field of complex, multi-party dispute resolution for over 30 years and is an internationally known mediator/facilitator, grievance mechanism developer, and trainer. She has provided conflict-management assistance to address a range of development, public policy, and environmental issues, working in more than 30 countries. Her projects focus on initiatives to prevent and address high stakes, natural resource conflicts that emerge when the interests of development, the natural environment, and societies collide. Her work with communities and companies aims to improve social and environmental performance, reduce risk, promote positive development impacts, and strengthen communities.

Mr Albab Akanda (PCM Expert since 2015) has degrees in history and sociology from Dhaka University, and graduate degrees in public administration from Northeastern University and in regional planning from Harvard University. His development career covers the World Bank, International Monetary Fund and Asian Development Bank. He has also collaborated in different capacities with the African Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and a number of bilateral and inter-governmental, as well as United Nations agencies. His areas of specialisation include project management, environmental impact assessment and social development, primarily in the transport, agriculture, and energy sectors.

Dr Neil Popovic (PCM Expert since 2015) is a lawyer. He is currently a partner at Sheppard Mullin Richter and Hampton, where he chairs the law firm’s International Arbitration Practice. He also serves as a lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where he teaches International Environmental Law and International Litigation and Arbitration. Dr Popovic has extensive experience of working on issues of human rights and environment, including impacts of large-scale infrastructure and development projects funded by IFIs. He has 27 years of professional experience, including law practice, writing, teaching and advocating for human rights and environmental protection.

Ms Halina Ward (PCM Expert since 2015) is a lawyer with over twenty years of applied policy research, partnership-building, and advisory experience in the fields of sustainable development, responsible business, public participation, and governance of foreign direct investment. A trained mediator and facilitator, Ms Ward has worked on challenging projects in several of EBRD’s member countries in Central and Eastern/South Eastern Europe and in countries of the Former Soviet Union. She has held senior roles with a variety of non-governmental organisations (including the Royal Institute of International Affairs and the International Institute for Environment and Development) as well as work in consultancies and start-ups, and currently works as an independent analyst and advisor.

Mrs Andrea Saldarriaga (PCM Expert since 2015) is co-Lead of the Investment & Human Rights Project at the London School of Economics. She is an international lawyer whose practice has focused on arbitration, international investment law, business and human rights and sustainable development. She has advised states and investors on her areas of expertise, has participated as counsel on state-investor arbitrations and has acted as arbitrator in commercial cases. Andrea has also been involved in human rights cases before domestic courts and in a range of collaborative initiatives with the Open Society Institute, the private sector, and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) on human rights and sustainable development. Andrea was among the experts that advised the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights John Ruggie on investment issues and the “Principles for responsible contracts”, presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2011. She teaches business and human rights at ESSEC Business School in Paris and ESCP Business School Europe. Andrea is a fellow of the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment, a member of the International Investment Agreements expert network of UNCTAD, co-president to the investment committee of the Latin American Arbitration Association and communication officer of the IBA's CSR Committee.