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Andrea Repetto Vargas Named New ICIM Director

Will assume her new position on March 16

Andrea Repetto, a citizen of Chile, has been appointed by the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as Director of the Independent Consultation and Investigation Mechanism (ICIM, or MICI) for the 2021–2026 period. This appointment is the result of a rigorous search process conducted by a Selection Panel of the IDB Board of Executive Directors, comprised of Board members representing both borrowing and non-borrowing member countries. Two representatives of civil society organizations, selected from the ICIM's list of external partners, supported the interview process.

Ms. Repetto Vargas is a lawyer, mediator and has over 15 years of experience in accountability mechanisms, promotion of human rights compliance, and mediation in Latin America and Africa. Since 2010, she has worked as conflict resolution specialist for the CAO, the independent accountability mechanism of the World Bank Group's IFC.

Prior to that position, she was a Human Rights Specialist at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS.  Repetto Vargas has managed multi-stakeholder dialogue processes in a variety of sectors in Latin America and West Africa to address complex environmental and social project issues including health, water, labor, resettlement, land and pollution. 

Ms. Repetto Vargas holds a degree in legal and social science from the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile and an LL.M. degree in international and comparative law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

About the IDB

The Inter-American Development Bank's mission is to improve lives. Founded in 1959, the IDB is one of the main sources of long-term financing for economic, social and institutional development in Latin America and the Caribbean. The IDB also conducts cutting-edge research projects and offers policy advice, technical assistance and training to public and private clients throughout the region.

About ICIM

MICI is a last resort mechanism, independent from IDB Management that responds directly to the concerns of people affected by projects financed by the Bank. Its main goal is to ensure that Bank-financed operations comply with the operational policies of the Bank during their design and implementation. The MICI Director is responsible for overseeing the operation and supervising the staff of the Mechanism, and reports to the IDB Board of Executive Directors. In order to ensure independence, the Director is appointed to a five-year term, with the possibility of one renewal for an equivalent period. Once the Director’s service terminates, she will not be eligible for employment with the Bank in any capacity.


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