The World Bank: Experts hired for their wealth for experience

November, 2010
Financial Times
When the World Bank launched its Global Experts Program, it had two principal objectives.The first was to provide a significant boost to the institution’s skills and knowledge in specific areas, by hiring famous experts in their field.

The second, and no less important motive, was to bring in senior people who could act as mentors to the many World Bank professionals who work across the world. In absolute numbers, the program is small. A handful of people are expected to be recruited over the next year in areas that include land reform, climate change, education, health systems and financial crisis issues, among others.

Professor of energy Daniel Kammen of the University of California, Berkeley, was the first such appointment to be announced in September. His mandate is to be the chief technical specialist for renewable energy and energy efficiency.