The Evolving Role of Multilateral Institutions in Development

April 19 – October 7, 2022
Multilateral institutions – including Multilateral Development Banks – are important components of global development. They experienced an over $60 billion in capital increase in the post-financial crisis. In this changing development landscape, middle income countries do not need to borrow from MDBs like they used to. At the same time, poor and fragile states and the problems they generate are significant but the MDBs have not had a strong record in these countries. With new players emerging in the form of so called “vertical funds” and infrastructure banks, traditional multilateral institutions need to adapt and work alongside these new factors. Are these organizations equipped to address the changing development world over the next 15 years? 

Dr. Juan José Daboub
Dr. Juan José Daboub, Ph.D., is the Chairman and CEO of The Daboub Partnership, Founding CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute, Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Climate Change and Vice-Chairman of The Dorado Group. As Managing Director of the World Bank, Dr. Daboub oversaw operations in 110 countries in Africa, the Middle East, East Asia and Latin America. He was responsible for the oversight of the Human Development and Sustainable Development Networks, the Information Systems Group, the World Bank Institute, the Department of Institutional Integrity and the Arab World Initiative. Dr. Daboub served as El Salvador’s Minister of Finance and as Chief of Staff to the President. He was in government for 12 years, working for 3 different Administrations without belonging to any political party then or now. Dr. Daboub’s leadership began in the private sector, where he led his family-owned businesses before joining the Board of CEL, El Salvador’s electric utility and was named President of ANTEL, the state-owned telecommunications company, both of which he successfully and transparently privatized. He also lead the reconstruction efforts after the 2001 earthquakes that destroyed 1/3 of the public infrastructure of El Salvador and left 20% of the population without housing. He sustained the investment grade rating of El Salvador and dollarized the economy. He has taught at Princeton University. Dr. Daboub holds a Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science and a PhD in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University 

Mr. Joachim von Amsberg 
Mr. Joachim von Amsberg is currently the Vice President at the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank where he is responsible for developing and implementing AIIB’s strategy and investment portfolio, as well as monitoring standards compliance and operational procedures. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Development Finance at the World Bank where was responsible for the replenishment and stewardship of the International Development Association, the World Bank’s fund for the poorest, and for trust fund and partnership operations. Mr. Von Amsberg also served as Vice President for the World Bank’s Operations Policy and Country Services vice presidential unit. Prior to that, he held the post of World Bank Country Director for Indonesia and Philippines. Mr. Von Amsberg began his career at the World Bank as an economist on environmental programs and policy studies for Argentina, Chile, Egypt and Brazil. Von Amsberg holds a Ph.D. in Finance and Economic Policy from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada; an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the Technische Universität Berlin, Germany; and an M.B.A. in Finance from the University of British Columbia.


Mr. Joseph B. Eichenberger 
Mr. Joseph B. Eichenberger has been Chief Evaluator of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development since 2010, appointed by the Executive Board and operating independent of Management. He served previously as Vice President, Country & Regional Programs & Policy at the African Development Bank in Tunis from 2006-2009, chairing the Bank’s Operations Committee and building the Bank’s results management focus.  From 2001-2006 Mr. Eichenberger was Vice President for Operations - East at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, responsible for strategy and operations delivery in 27 Asian countries, including China, Indonesia and Central Asia. He was Director of the Office of Multilateral Development Banks at the U.S. Treasury Department from 1994-2001 with line responsibility for US policy across the MDB system.  He was also Senior Advisor to the US Executive Director of the World Bank and then Acting Executive Director between 1991-1994. Mr. Eichenberger holds an MA in Economics from the University of Maryland.


Ms. Cinnamon Dornsife
Ms. Cinnamon Dornsife, is currently Senior Advisor of the International Development Program and Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (JHU/SAIS). At SAIS, Professor Dornsife leads learning initiatives in social entrepreneurship and teaches courses on social entrepreneurship and the international financial institutions. She is former U.S. Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank. Dornsife has served in many high-profile roles, including Executive Director of the Asian Development Bank, advisor for the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, Acting Director and Senior Associate Director of the SAIS International Development Program.  She has also been a consultant on development assistance and policy issues for a wide variety of think tanks, nonprofits, and private sector firms. She spent more than a decade serving the Asia Foundation in several senior positions at headquarters, heading the Washington, D.C. office and in the field office in Indonesia. She has also worked with the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S.-Asia Environmental Partnership, Pathfinder International, Forest Trends, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abt Associates and Board of Advisers for the Asian Development Bank Institute, United States-Indonesia Society, United Nations Association of the National Capital Area and Global Economic Governance Initiative at the Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University. Dornsife holds a B.A. in Chemistry and Mathematic from Emory University and an M.A. in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Moderator: Mr. Daniel F. Runde
Mr. Dan Runde is director of the Project on Prosperity and Development and holds the William A. Schreyer Chair in Global Analysis at CSIS. His work centers on leveraging American soft power instruments and the central roles of the private sector and good governance in creating a more free and prosperous world. Previously, he led the Foundations Unit for the Department of Partnerships & Advisory Service Operations at the International Finance Corporation. His work facilitated and supported over $20 million in new funding through partnerships with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Kauffman Foundation, and Visa International, among other global private and corporate foundations. Earlier, Mr. Runde was director of the Office of Global Development Alliances at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He led the initiative by providing training, networks, staff, funds, and advice to establish and strengthen alliances, while personally consulting to 15 USAID missions in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. His efforts leveraged $4.8 billion through 100 direct alliances and 300 others through training and technical assistance. Mr. Runde began his career in financial services at Alex. Brown & Sons, Inc., in Baltimore and worked for both CitiBank and BankBoston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received an M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and holds a B.A., cum laude, from Dartmouth College.