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Gonzalo Castro de la Mata, New Member of the World Bank Inspection Panel

Washington D.C., December 4, 2013 - The Inspection Panel is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Gonzalo Castro de la Mata as a new Member of the Inspection Panel. Dr. Castro de la Mata replaces Mr. Alf Jerve, whose term expired on October 31, 2013.

Dr. Castro de la Mata, a US and Peruvian national, will bring to the Panel more than twenty years of development experience. His career includes roles across the private sector, public sector and multiple areas of development work, which will enable Dr. Castro de la Mata to bring a balance of interest, authority, experience and flexibility to the Inspection Panel. Most recently as Chair of an Independent Advisory Panel for the Export-Import Bank of the US, he demonstrated his thorough knowledge and appreciation for the nuances of each stage of a project cycle, from policy creation to implementation.

Dr. Castro de la Mata's early career included key roles at the World Bank in the Global Environment Facility, at the World Wildlife Fund and Wetlands for the Americas. He earned a Ph.D. in Ecology and Population Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.A. and B.A. from the Cayetano Heredia Universidad in Lima, Peru. Dr. Castro de la Mata currently serves as Founder and Chairman, Ecosystem Services, LLC.

Dr. Castro de la Mata was selected to this position through an international, competitive recruitment process. His appointment is effective December 16, 2013.

About the Panel: The Inspection Panel consists of three members who are appointed by the Board for nonrenewable periods of five years. As provided for in theResolution that established the Panel, members are selected on the basis of their ability to deal thoroughly and fairly with the Requests brought to them, their integrity, their independence from Bank Management, and their exposure to developmental issues and to living conditions in developing countries. The Panel is functionally independent of Bank Management, and reports solely to the Board. In addition, Panel members are prohibited from ever working for the Bank after their term ends.

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