After an extensive six-month consultation and selection process, MICI has concluded the process of selecting the members of its External Consultative Group. We received a large number of nominations (24 from 11 countries) representing a rich, diverse, and wide range of practitioners and specialists in the accountability field from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. We are quite appreciative of those who sent in their nominations.
Eight persons where selected based on their proven expertise and long term experience working with accountability issues. The eight members of the GCE are:
- Ana-Mita Betancourt, Independent Attorney and Former MICI Executive Secretary (United States)
- Maximiliano Brandt, Associate Director at Habitat for Humanity (Costa Rica)
- Juan Carballo, Executive Director at Fundación para el Desarrollo de Políticas Sustentables / FUNDEPS (Argentina)
- Leonardo Crippa, Senior Attorney at Indian Law Resource Center / ILRC (United States)
- Paulina Ibarra, Executive Director at Fundación Multitudes (Chile)
- Manuel Morales, President at Corporación de Gestión y Derecho Ambiental / ECOLEX (Ecuador)
- Andrea Repetto, Dispute Resolution Specialist at the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman / CAO (United States)
- Melanie Salagnat, Co-founder of Ideal Sustentabilidad (Mexico)
MICI has established the GCE to provide advice in such areas as transparency, access, responsiveness and effectiveness in order to strengthen its operations. As a consultative body, the CGE will not be involved in the operations of MICI and will not provide advice on individual cases managed by the mechanism. Members participate on a voluntary basis, without renumeration and the initial mandate will be for a period of 2 years.
Visit our website to know more about the GCE members and see the Operating Procedures.
The GCE will be meeting for the first time during the second quarter of 2017 and we will post information on the dates and results of the meeting shortly after it is held.