MICI’s External Consultative Group


MICI has appointed the eight members of its External Consultative Group (GCE) after a lengthy and extensive selection process. The eight professionals, now founding members of the GCE, were selected due to their deep-seated and broad range of experiences and expertise on accountability issues. See their short bios and photos below:


Ana-Mita Betancourt

Ana-Mita has more than 25 years of experience in financial structuring, accountability mechanisms and sustainable development programs. Her vast professional career includes positions in the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and several private sector companies.

She recently served as the General Counsel at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Previously, she was Deputy Legal Adviser at the IDB where she also served as Executive Secretary of the Independent Investigation Mechanism, and led the process of consultation with civil society and reform of the mechanism, which resulted in the establishment of MICI. Her experience includes handling complaints between governments and investors; and development, implementation and monitoring of infrastructure projects.

She holds a Juris Doctor from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree in government from Georgetown University (USA). She has been an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University School of Law and is a lecturer on issues of project finance and sustainable development.

Speaks Spanish and English.

Maximiliano Brandt

Maximiliano has vast experience in organizational governance and impact evaluation. He has worked with several organizations including the Association for Economic Development in Latin America (APEDELA), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Peace Corps, and the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA). He is currently an Associate Director for Institutional Development at Habitat for Humanity in Costa Rica, where he has provided consulting, mentoring and training in strategic management and income generation.

Maximiliano has helped link various non-profit organizations to businesses, governments and development institutions. He has also managed projects with multisectorial actors, and has created partnerships at the regional level. He is a member of several boards of directors in Latin American organizations and he has written several books and specialized articles.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Applied Behavior from the National Louis University and holds a Master of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University (USA).

He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Juan Carballo

Juan is human rights lawyer specialized in both Latin America and the United States, with experience in accountability and transparency in the field of development finance. His main area of work is with organized civil society, and he has also worked with local governments, intergovernmental institutions, and academia. He is co-founder and current Executive Director of the Foundation for the Development of Sustainable Policies (FUNDEPS) in Argentina.

He has mainly worked in transparency and accountability for the field of development finance. He is a member of the International Advocates Working Group (IAWG) and of the Regional Group on Financing and Infrastructure (GREFI).

He is a lawyer from the National University of Cordoba (Argentina) and holds an LL.M from Georgetown University (United States), which was sponsored by the Fulbright Commission. He has taught Constitutional Law and Environmental Law at the National University of Cordoba and at the Universidad Siglo 21 (Argentina).

He is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Leonardo A. Crippa

Leonardo is currently an attorney at the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington where he directs the Case Litigation Program before the Inter-American Human Rights System, representing indigenous communities. He has collaborated in the development of policies of accountability mechanisms, and also works with the Indigenous Land Titling Program and Multilateral Development Banks.

He was an external consultant for the International Finance Corporation during the development of the IMF Guide of Studies on Impacts in Human Rights. In Argentina, he was the founder and president of the Human Rights Commission of the Jujuy Bar Association and legal counsel for the Council of Aboriginal Organizations of Jujuy. In Costa Rica, he was an attorney for the Center for Justice and International Law.

He graduated as a lawyer and notary from the National University of Tucumán (Argentina) and holds an LL.M. from American University (United States). He has received distinctions and prizes from the National University of Tucumán, the Latin American Council of Scholars of International and Comparative Law, the Senate of the Argentine Nation, and American University. Also, he has published several articles.

He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Paulina Ibarra

PPaulina is the Executive Director of the Multitudes Foundation in Chile and an international consultant in communication for development. She has global experience in the areas of transparency, citizen participation and accountability. She has worked in government, private sector and international organizations. In Washington, Paulina worked with the Open Government Partnership during the administration of President Obama and advised the World Bank on issues of education and digital activism. She was the first delegate of Citizen Participation for the Ministry General Secretariat of the Government of Chile. She also contributed to the development of communication policies of the National Consumer Service. She is currently a member of four Advisory Councils of Ministries and Services, including the Council for Transparency.

She holds a B.A. in Communication with a concentration in politics from Marymount University, and an M.A. in Communication from Georgetown University (USA).

She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Manolo Morales

Manolo is currently President of the ECOLEX Management and Environmental Law Corporation in Ecuador. He served as President of the Committee of Environmental NGOs (CEDENMA) for two periods (2005-2009). He is also a member of the Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) of the IUCN Environmental Law Commission, and President of the Inter-American Association for the Defense of the Environment (AIDA).

He has experience partnering with civil society networks and advocacy, and has done several investigations on conflict management, land tenure, community paralegals and environmental legislation. He has worked with public and non-governmental entities at a national and international level in activities related to the management of agrarian and environmental conflicts, legalization of land and political influence. He is the author of several publications, and has lectured in and outside of Ecuador.

His training includes a Masters in Environmental Law from the University of the Basque Country (Spain) and an S.J.D. from the Central University of Ecuador, as well as other specialization courses on the environment in France, Israel and the United States.

He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Portuguese

Andrea Repetto Vargas

Andrea has worked on issues of accountability, conflict resolution and human rights in Latin America. She currently works as a mediation specialist for the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) where she has conducted conflict assessments and multi-stakeholder dialogue processes with different sectors in Latin America and Africa. Also, she has managed complex issues in the context of environmental and social projects, such as health, water, labor, land and pollution. Before joining the CAO in 2010, Andrea was a human rights specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), where she worked on human rights and international humanitarian law, particularly in the demobilization process in Colombia. She also worked as an attorney on issues related to Brazil. Additionally, she worked in Chile on matters of public interest for academic and non-governmental organizations.

She is an accredited mediator by Conflict Dynamics (South Africa) and the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution / CEDR (UK). She holds Bachelor of Law from Universidad Diego Portales (Chile) and holds a Master in Law (LLM) in International and Comparative Law from George Washington University (United States).

She is fluent in Spanish, English and Portuguese

Melanie Salagnat

Melanie is a founding partner and senior consultant for the consulting firm Ideal Sustainability. In December 2015, she was elected President of the Social Responsibility Committee of the Franco-Mexican Chamber of Commerce and she is a Certified Associate in Sustainability for Assurance (ACSAP). She has developed her professional expertise in corporate social responsibility focused in transnational companies such as STMicroelectronics. As a consultant, she has advised several groups such as Groupe Edmond of Rothschild, Citibanamex Financial Group and the Gentera Group to define their priorities, formalize their strategies and value their community investments and social impacts. Her studies and professional practices have allowed her to acquire, develop and reach a wide international experience in subjects related to social responsibility, governance, ethics, impact assessment and reporting.

She graduated in Business Administration from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce Marseille-Provence, now Kedge Business School (France), and in June 2016, she earned a Certificate in Social Impact Assessment by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).

She is fluent in French, Spanish and English.

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