PROFILES OF UNITAR eCOURSE MODERATORS
Since year 2000, UNITAR has commissioned
a number of senior international experts to write the content for UNITAR's
debt programme e-Learning courses. These experts have not only provided
the basic content and documentation to UNITAR for its e-Learning initiative,
but have also contributed to this initiative in a pedagogical and practical
manner. Content writers for our eCourses subsequently mentor and moderate
our eCourse discussion forums. UNITAR wishes to thank the experts for
their tremendous commitment and also for their interest in UNITAR's e-Learning
activities. What follows is a brief profile of our eCourse content writers
Prof. Stuart R. Cohn
Stuart R. Cohn is a Professor of Law and Associate Dean for International Studies at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, Gainesville, Florida, and a Senior Special Fellow of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). Professor Cohn specializes in business law matters, including the formation and structure of business enterprises, capital formation through private and public financing, the trading of securities in the secondary market, and major transactions including mergers, acquisitions, and takeovers. He received law degrees from Oxford University, Oxford, England, and Yale University in the United States.
Professor Cohn has lectured and conducted regional workshops on behalf of UNITAR and others in Europe, Africa, and the Far East on Capital Market Development and was the opening speaker of the UNDP-NYSE conference on African Stock Exchanges held at the United Nations in April, 2003. He is the author of Capital Market Development in Uganda, published by the International Law Institute, Securities Counseling for Small and Developing Companies, published by WestGroup, and numerous articles in the fields of company and securities laws. He is a member of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the American Bar Association and the Executive Council of the Business Law Section of The Florida Bar.
Ms. Justyna Grabkowska
Grabkowska has broad international experience. She received her law degree
from the Faculty of Law and Administration, Warsaw University, and her
LL.M in International and Comparative Law from the University of Florida
in the United States. She has written on securities law and corporate
subjects both in Poland and the United States and participated in the
preparation of these course materials. She has worked in a law firm in
Warsaw on business and capital raising matters, and she is currently engaged
in international business development and business consulting in Poland.
D. Bradlow is Professor of Law and Director of the International Legal
Studies Program at the Washington College of Law, American University,
Washington, D.C. where he specializes in international economic law. His
current scholarship focuses on the international financial institutions,
the international legal aspects of sustainable and equitable development,
and the legal aspects of debt and financial management. He is a Senior
Special Fellow in the Legal Aspects of Debt and Financial Management Programme
of the United National Institute on Training and Research (UNITAR) and
is a consultant to the World Bank. He has worked as a Consultant to the
World Dams Commission, MEFMI (The Macroeconomic and Financial Management
Institute for Eastern and Southern Africa) and the MacArthur Foundation
and served as an advisor to the Rethinking Bretton Woods Project. In 1996
he was a Visiting Professor at the Community Law Centre at the University
of the Western Cape, South Africa. He has lectured in the United States
and many countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America on both the public
and private aspects of international economic and financial law and on
the negotiating and structuring of international economic transactions.
Prior to joining WCL, Professor Bradlow was a Research Associate at the
International Law Institute and a consultant to the United Nations Centre
on Transnational Corporations, as well as an attorney in private practice.
Dr. Sabine Schlemmer-Schulte
Dr. Sabine Schlemmer-Schulte, a German national, is Visiting Scholar/Professor at the Max-Planck-Institute (MPI) for International Law in Heidelberg, Germany. Her research and writing focuses on the reform of the international financial, monetary, and economic order. In addition, she is an Expert with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). On an ad hoc basis, she serves as a consultant with the international financial institutions and further public or private institutions or firms.
Dr. Schlemmer-Schulte joined the MPI after extensive experience as practitioner and scholar in the field of international and European financial, monetary, and business law in various capacities. Major previous posts she held include Visiting Professor of International Law at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands (2003); Senior Counsel/ Special Advisor/Chef de Cabinet, Office of the Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the World Bank in Washington, DC (1995-2002); Counsel, International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, DC (1994); Assistant Professor at the Institute of European Studies of the Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany (1990-1992); and Associate with the law firm Freshfields Deringer in Cologne, Germany (1988-1989).
As Adjunct Professor, Dr. Schlemmer-Schulte has been teaching international and European financial, monetary, and business law at several schools in the United States (Washington College of Law of American University in Washington, DC; School of Advanced International Services of Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC; and John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois) and in Germany (Frankfurt/Main and Heidelberg universities).
Dr. Schlemmer-Schulte is a Member of the Committee on Sustainable Development of the International Law Association (ILA). She was a Member of the ILA Committee on Accountability of International Organizations which completed its work in 2004. She is a Member of the Board of International Scholars of the London Forum for International Economic Law and Development, London, UK. She is a Member of the German Society of International Law (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Völkerrecht), and of further professional associations. She is also an Arbitrator listed with the Cairo Regional Centre for International Commercial Arbitration (CRCICA) established under the auspices of the Asian African Legal Consultative Committee (AALCO).
Dr. Schlemmer-Schulte has published/co-published seven books - two further books are forthcoming soon - and contributed over 20 articles to law journals. She is the editor of the Liber Amicorum Ibrahim F.I. Shihata - International Finance and Development Law (Kluwer Law International 2001).
Dr. Schlemmer-Schulte holds a Licence en
Droit (L.E.D.) from France, an LL.B./J.D. (Bachelor of Laws/Juris Doctor),
a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in general European Union law, a specialized
LL.M. in European banking law, and a Doctor of Law (Dr.jur./Ph.D.) from
Germany, and an LL.M. in international finance and business law from the
United States. She is admitted to the bar in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.
Dr. Vinod K. Agarwal
Dr. Vinod Agarwal last held the post of Law Secretary to the Government of India (highest Civil servant). In that capacity, he was Appellate Authority for hearing and deciding appeals against the awards of the Permanent Arbitration Machinery of the Government of India. He had been a Member of the Securities and Exchange Board of India for about two years. Thereafter, for more than two years he was Secretary General of the International Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution, New Delhi.
Presently, he is attending a large number of international and domestic arbitration cases, both as arbitrator and as a lawyer. He has conducted some of the arbitration cases under the Rules of Arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce, International Court of Arbitration, Paris. He has decided, as an arbitrator, a large number of cases of domain name disputes referred by the World Intellectual Property Organization, Arbitration and Mediation Center, Geneva and Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Center, Hong Kong.
Academically, he holds the degrees of LL.M. and Ph. D. in Law from the University of Bombay, India. He had been a student of the Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague; Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London; Institut d'Etudes Europeennes, University of Belgium; International Institute for Hydraulic and Environment Engineering, Delft, The Netherlands etc. He enrolled as an Advocate in 1963. He is also a Notary Public. He became a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales in the year 2000.
Dr. Enrique Cosio-Pascal
Enrique Cosio-Pascal is presently a Free Lance consultant. DR Cosio-Pascal
worked for the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
for 22 years where his last responsibility was Chief of the Debt and Development
Finance Branch (DDFB). The DDFB is composed of the Finance for Development
(FD) Programme and the Debt Management and Financial Analysis System (DMFAS)
Programme. The DF provides assistance to developing countries and countries
in transition when attending the Paris Club and represents the Secretary-General
of UNCTAD to the Paris Club. The DMFAS Programme provides technical assistance
to more than 50 countries to assist their governments to improve the management
and control of public debt.
Dr. Cosio-Pascal holds a B.Sc. in Applied Mathematics option Actuary, an M.A. in Economics and an M.Sc. in Mathematical Statistics. He is Statistical Engineer from the French "Ecole Nationale de la Statistique et de l'Administration Economique" (ENSAE) and obtained his Ph.D. in Econometrics at the University of Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbone, in 1975.
Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye
-- UNITAR on Legal Aspects of External Debt and Financial Management;
UNICEF on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the
child in Nigeria; ILO on the International Programme on the Elimination
of Worst Forms of Child Labour in Nigeria; West African Institute for
Finance and Economic Management (WAIFEM) International Law Institute (ILI)
African Legal Center for Excellence. Ag. Executive Director and Trustee,
Human Development Initiatives (non-governmental organisation).
Mr. Nihal Kappagoda
Mr. Nihal Kappagoda is a senior international consultant with 35 years experience at the national and international levels as a macroeconomist and specialist in debt management. He works as a free lance consultant since 1989. Immediately prior to this he was the Director, Technical Assistance Group of the Commonwealth Secretariat where he launched the programme of advisory services in debt management. This included the CS-DRMS debt management software used in 50 countries with seven of them outside the Commonwealth. He worked in the Development Policy Office of the Asian Development Bank coordinating a study on the Bank's Priorities and Plans for the 1980s. From 1973-81 he worked for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada, first as Director of the Regional Office in Singapore and later as Vice President Planning in Ottawa. His work in Sri Lanka was at the Central Bank and Ministry Planning. He was responsible for the country's external borrowing program as head of the External Resources Division.
From 1989 he has undertaken debt management consultancies for the Asian Development Bank, Commonwealth Secretariat, Department for International Development (UK), IDRC, UNDP and World Bank during which he delivered several training programs. He has worked in other areas for these agencies and the Canadian International Development Agency and North-South Institute.
Nihal Kappagoda was born in Sri Lanka and
holds a Master of Philosophy degree in economics from the University of
Oxford where he was Sri Lanka's first Rhodes Scholar. He has written two
books and published numerous journal articles including some in the field
of debt management.
Mr. Anil Bisen
Anil Bisen has been an international consultant, teacher and a debt manager.
His strength lies in the ability to explain difficult concepts in a user
friendly language using simple illustrations.
Mr. Bisen has had a long innings (1986 - 2001) at the Ministry of Finance, Government of India where he was responsible for monitoring and management of external debt. He was Director, External Debt Management Unit during 1996 - 2001 and is credited with placing India on the global best practices map.
Mr. Bisen has also been associated with a
number of committees and study groups. He was Member of the Task Force
on External Debt Statistics, which submitted its report in 1992 and was
first of its kind in an emerging economy. He has also been consultant
to the Commonwealth Secretariat London, where he was associated with writing
the debt management manual.
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