On August 16, after an exhaustive selection process, Gastón Aín Bilbao accepted the position of Coordinator for the Consultation Phase for MICI.
Aín Bilbao,born in Argentina, is a lawyer by profession. He has wide-ranging expertise in the fields of dialogue, conflict prevention and conflict management. He holds a master’s degree in International Affairs by the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid and a master’s degree in Public Policy Management by the Universidad de Alcalá de Henares, in Spain.
Prior to joining the MICI team, he worked for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the Latin America and the Caribbean; and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Ruanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He also worked for the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, Haiti, Ecuador and Colombia. In Argentina, he was a public official for several institutions, including the Buenos Aires City Government and the National Congress.
"Development processes inevitably generate tensions and sometimes conflicts. It would be optimal if these could be resolved through structured, bona fide, and result-oriented dialogues. I am delighted to see that MICI offers this possibility by providing a road map, experts and methodologies that guarantee a substantive exchange and possible solutions to the controversies inherent to the development processes," said Gastón while assuming his new role as Consultation Phase Coordinator. Also, he mentioned that he considers MICI a mechanism for institutionalized dialogue, which motivates him to contribute to its smooth functioning and consolidation.
The selection process was carried out by a panel chaired by Victoria Márquez-Mees, MICI Director, with the external assistance of Osvaldo Gratacós, Vice-President of the CAO - the independent IFC/MIGA accountability mechanism of the Bank World.
Gastón Aín’s mandate will last five years and, upon his appointment, the MICI’s governance structure is completed in accordance to the MICI Policy.