May 1990-Present Independent
In 1995, I visited Gaza on four occasions to work with the
Minister of Planning and International Cooperation, Dr. Nabil Shaath, to
structure a planning process, and to prepare a statement on development
strategy for presentation by the Palestinian National Authority to the
donors club meeting in Paris in January 1996. The visits were sponsored
by HIID and the Kennedy School of Government. The Minister wishes them
to continue if funding can be found.
For several years I worked closely with the Minister and Cabinet
Secretary, Drs. Saadilla Mursjid, to redefine the challenges facing the
Executive Office (Sekretaris Negara) of the President of Indonesia and
to devise a program for preparing staff to meet those challenges. We
introduced language and computer courses to improve communications in
the Sekretaris and arranged visits to executive offices in Australia and
the United States by Indonesian officials. I guided a group of 22 senior
Indonesian officials from the Sekretaris and other central agencies on a
visit to Washington to observe budgeting and personnel processes of the
US Government of potential relevance to Indonesia.
For a number of years I have been periodically asked by the
Management Development Program of the UNDP to undertake reconnaissance
missions to analyze public management problems in various countries and
to design institutional development projects for senior levels of the
public service. I visited Ukraine, Egypt, Uzbekistan, Oman, Sharjah and Iraq for such purposes.
In Ukraine, I was asked to prepare a strategic development plan for an
economic analysis institute.
In 1993, I wrote, in cooperation with two senior Thai authors and
Chip Myers of HIID, an analysis of the university development program in
Thailand which was supported by the Rockefeller Foundation in the 1960s.
The papers were presented at a Conference on Higher Education and
Development sponsored by IIE and published in International
Investment in Human Capital in 1993.
managed an AID-sponsored export development project in Bangladesh on a
part-time basis in 1991-93 for WPI. The project was undertaken in
cooperation with the World Bank which funded an export development loan
In 1990 I led an HIID team assessing the economic policy making
and analytical capabilities of three African nations in order to help
USAID determine its response to the African capacity-building initiative
(ACBI) of the World Bank.
Institute for International Development (HIID)
In 1985-86, advisor to BAPPENAS in Indonesia on the establishment
of an Overseas Training Office capable of managing the selection and
preparation of candidates for graduate study abroad.
In 1986-7, project manager of the Applied Diarrheal Disease
Research project for HIID. Devised an innovative strategy for
strengthening interdisciplinary research capabilities in seven countries
including Indonesia and Thailand from a Cambridge base.
In 1988-90, Research Associate engaged in a variety of activities
including participation in a UNDP Management Development Program mission
to the Government of Iraq, consultations with the Government of Brunei
on alternative development strategies and the conceptualization of a
regional agribusiness investment initiative, and consultations with the
Government of Indonesia on overseas training processes.
For the US National Academy of Sciences, authored a paper on
"Collaborative Research on Tropical Diseases," published as an
annex to a report of the Academy and the Institute of Medicine entitled The
US Capacity to Address Tropical Infectious Disease Problems, 1987.
From 1977-1983, served as senior consultant to the Council on
Reconstruction and Development, Government of Lebanon, drafting major
portions of the official reconstruction plan for the nation.
From 1978-1983, served as senior human resource development
specialist in the group in the Executive Office of the President of the
United States planning an Institute for Scientific and Technological
In 1977, while loaned by the Ford Foundation to the Brookings
Institution for a study of foreign aid, proposed the establishment of an
ISTC, which attracted the endorsement of President Carter.
In 1984, as Senior International Fellow of the Charles F.
Kettering Foundation, wrote a paper on US Science and the Third World
based on the ISTC planning experience.
1963-1978 The Ford Foundation
In 1977, served as Program Officer in New York, evaluating the
Foundation's economic planning and management activities in eastern
Africa from 1963-1975.
From 1971-1976, was the Foundation's Representative for the
Middle East, based in Beirut. The program had an annual budget of
between $2.5 and $5 million and around 30 expatriate professional staff
in the fields of environment, education, public administration,
management, population, economics and agricultural research. Staff were
based in Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain, Sudan and Saudi Arabia.
From 1968-1971, served as professional personnel officer for the
Foundation in New York, during which time carried out a major revision
of overseas compensation policies.
From 1963-1967, served as Assistant Representative for East and
Central Africa, based in Nairobi.
The US Commission on Civil Rights:
Deputy Assistant Staff Director
MPA John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
BS in Foreign Service, Georgetown University
BA Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
to Penelope Graves Nelson. Four grown children.
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