Digital technology can be a powerful tool to reduce the
opportunities for corruption by offering the prospect of greater
oversight of government and stakeholders entrusted with a public
office. How the use of technologies such as Blockchain (and other
DLT), Open Data, or Artificial Intelligence by fiscal institutions can
help enhance governance and reduce the scope for misappropriation of
public funds? What are the policy and legal implications of using
these technologies? Are there examples from countries where these
technologies were successfully implemented in public finance? Join
Manal Fouad, Division Chief, Fiscal Affairs Department
Ms. Manal Fouad, an Egyptian national, is currently chief of the
Public Financial Management (PFM) II division at the Fiscal Affairs
Department (FAD) of the International Monetary Fund. She is a public
finance specialist and has provided fiscal policy and capacity
building advice to governments across the globe on macrofiscal
frameworks, fiscal transparency, and infrastructure governance.
Currently, she oversees the PFM a vast capacity development program
for the Francophone and Lusophone Africa, Asia and the Pacific, and
the Western Hemisphere regions. Prior to that, she has held various
positions in FAD and the IMF Institute for Capacity Development. She
holds a PhD from the Graduate Institute of International Studies in
Martin Lindpere, Advisor to the Executive
Director, World Bank
Mr. Lindpere serves as the advisor to the World Bank Executive
Director. Before that he was holding the position of the economic
advisor to the Prime Minister of Estonia, but he has also been working
for the IMF Board, advising the Executive Director. Between 1997 and
2012, Mr. Lindpere held a number of positions in the Bank of Estonia,
being engaged with the macroeconomic analysis. Mr. Lindpere received
the MA degree in economics from the Bowling Green State University and
he earned his PhD degree in economics from the Bocconi University.
Mark Macdonald, Global Lead for Public Financial
Management, Ernst & Young
Mark is EY Global Public Finance Management Leader. In this role, he
leads the development of new public financial management services that
can be rolled out around the world. He combines this role with two
positions in the EY organization in Canada – National Public Finance
Leader and Ontario Public Sector Leader.
Mark is an experienced leader of public sector reform, having worked
with dozens of governments worldwide and in every major policy sector
including health, human services, justice and security, finance and
treasury, transportation, agriculture, trade and economic development,
education and government services.
His primary experience is advising senior officials on designing and
implementing whole-of-government and organizational programs to help
improve performance, secure better operating results, and
significantly improve customer service.
Mark has a PhD in public policy from Carleton University. He also
has a master’s degree in political studies and a bachelor’s degree in
toxicology from the University of Guelph.
Vivek Ramkumar, Senior Director of Policy,
International Budget Partnership
Vivek Ramkumar joined the International Budget Partnership (IBP) in
2005 and currently is Senior Director of Policy. In this capacity, he
oversees IBP’s research and advocacy efforts to expand the adoption of
transparent and accountable budget systems around the world. As Senior
Director, Vivek stands-in for the Executive Director, as requested.
Vivek previously worked with the MKSS – an organization that pioneered
the Right to Information movement in India. He also worked with a
Mumbai-based nongovernmental organization called SPARC, which is part
of the Shack/Slum Dwellers International. Vivek is a qualified
Chartered Accountant and holds an MA from the London School of Economics.
Enrique Zapata, Principal- Data Intelligence and
New Technologies, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America
Enrique Zapata is head of the National Anticorruption Digital
Platform. Previously he was General Director of Open Data at the
Office of the President. He has been responsible of Mexico’s strategy
to include AI as a key component of the government’s digital agenda.
He participated in the Study Towards an AI Strategy in Mexico, is part
of the Open Data Charter’s Advisory Board, the OECD’s Joint Steering
Group on global data principles, and co-authored the G 20’s
anticorruption open data principles. Bachelor’s in international
Relations and master’s in public policy from the University of Oxford.