Wednesday 10 May 2017

How Important is Trust for the Functioning of Institutions?

Halkos, Level -1, Filoxenia Conference Centre

At its core, governance is about the quality of institutions and the processes they support. The EBRD’s countries of operations have a heritage of inefficient institutions, which the citizens have learned to distrust. Making them more efficient, transparent and responsive should encourage trust and, in turn, further strengthen institutions.

However, this task has become more difficult as globalisation, bringing about a range of economic, technological, social and political changes, has sown doubt about the ability of institutions to respond to people’s needs and protect them from global challenges. This panel will look at the importance of trust for the functioning of institutions and will be followed by a launch event for EBRD’s Law in Transition journal.

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Moderator

Milica Delevic

Director, Governance & Political Affairs, EBRD

Speakers

Francis Malige

MD, Eastern Europe & Caucasus, EBRD - Kiev

Marin Mrčela

President of GRECO, Group of States against Corruption/Groupe d’Etats contre la Corruption (GRECO)

Mr Tsogt Tsend

Judge, Administrative Court of Appeals, Mongolia

Ivan Vejvoda

Director Europe project, Institute for Human Sciences

Milica Delevic

Director, Governance & Political Affairs, EBRD

Milica Delevic is the Director for Governance and Political Affairs at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). Prior to joining the Bank, Ms Delevic worked as the Director of the European Integration Office of the Serbian Government and chaired the Committee for European Integration in the Parliament of the Republic of Serbia. She also lectured on foreign policy and European integration at the University of Belgrade in Serbia. Ms Delevic holds a BA from the University of Belgrade, a MA from the Central European University and a PhD from the University of Kent, Canterbury.

Francis Malige

MD, Eastern Europe & Caucasus, EBRD - Kiev

Francis Malige is the Managing Director for Eastern Europe and the Caucasus for the EBRD. He is responsible for delivering the Bank's strategy in Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia. This includes investment operations as well as policy dialogue to support the implementation of reforms. Mr Malige joined the EBRD in February 2010 as a Director in the Financial Institutions team, where he developed the Bank’s business in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, Turkey and in the southern and eastern Mediterranean. Before joining the EBRD, he was Managing Director for Corporate Development at BNP Paribas, focusing on bank acquisitions. His earlier career was in accounting and consulting, at Arthur Andersen and McKinsey & Company, where he served clients in industry, high tech, construction, financial services. Mr Malige is a graduate of ESCP Europe, a French business school. In addition to his native French, he is fluent in German, Italian and English.

Marin Mrčela

President of GRECO, Group of States against Corruption/Groupe d’Etats contre la Corruption (GRECO)

Justice Mrčela is Chair of the Council of Europe's Group of States against Corruption (GRECO). In this capacity, he has encouraged countering corruption through a multidisciplinary approach, calling upon Member States to set up overarching integrity policies covering all branches of government. Prior to becoming Chair of GRECO, Justice Mrčela was a longstanding member of its Bureau, where he took a decisive role in designing and pushing forward an evaluation of political financing in Europe and the USA.

Within Croatia, he has assumed various presidencies and memberships of key professional institutions. He also served as a judge in war crimes. Justice Mrčela was a Humbert Humphrey Fellow at the American University in Washington DC. He has lectured on corruption and security topics at numerous universities and institutions around the world. He obtained his PhD at the Zagreb Faculty of Law and currently teaches at the Osijek Faculty of Law as Assistant Professor.

Mr Tsogt Tsend

Judge, Administrative Court of Appeals, Mongolia

Judge Tsogt Tsend, currently represents the Mongolian Judges Association in the IAJ (the International Association of Judges). He also teaches administrative law and judiciary related subjects at the National University of Mongolia.

Mr. Tsend is involved numerous projects including the Mongolia Judicial Reform Project (JRP) implemented by NCSC (The National Center for State Courts), a local TI (Transparency International) project in relation to anti judicial corruption and a number of EBRD projects.

Mr. Tsend received his LL.M degree from Willamette University College of Law, Oregon and is currently pursuing a doctorate in public law through Nagoya University, Japan.

Ivan Vejvoda

Director Europe project, Institute for Human Sciences

Ivan Vejvoda is a Permanent Fellow and Director of the "Europe at Risk?" project at the Institute for Human Sciences, Vienna, Austria. From 2010-2017 he was Senior Vice President at the German Marshall Fund of the United States in Washington D.C. From 2003-2010 he was the Executive Director of the Balkan Trust for Democracy. Mr Vejvoda came to GMF in 2003 from distinguished service in the Serbian government as senior advisor on foreign policy to PM Zoran Djindjić. He was executive director of the Belgrade-based Fund for an Open Society from 1998 to 2002. During the mid-1990s, Mr Vejvoda held various academic posts in the US and the United Kingdom. Mr Vejvoda was involved in the democratic opposition movement in Yugoslavia through the 1980s and 1990s. In 2007 his was a candidate for Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia. He was awarded the French National Order of Merit in the rank of Officer 2006 and the Italian Order of the Star of Italian Solidarity rank of commander 2007.