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Speakers’ Biographies
 Submitted by: United States

        Workshop on Using Regulatory Impact
        Analysis to Improve Transparency and
      Effectiveness in the Rulemaking Process
               Washington, D.C., United States
                                3-4 March 2011

Huda Bahweres
Ms. Huda Bahweres is Assistant Deputy for Regional Economic Cooperation and Financing,
Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of Indonesia. In this position, Ms. Huda is responsible for
APEC and ASEAN matters and OECD-related Cooperation, in particular, she pursues APEC
Economic Commitee’s Issues in Indonesia, such as Structural Reform particularly Regulatory Reform
and Ease of Doing Business. She is also responsible for coordinating related agencies in the
preparation of Indonesia-Individual Action Plan as well as in the IAP-Peer Review 2009. Recently, Ms.
Bahweres has been involved in Phase-2 -APEC-Ease of Doing Business, in coordination with the
USA and New Zealand for Ease of Doing Business-Starting a Business and with the Republic of
Korea in EoDB-Enforcing Contracts. Ms. Huda Bahweres has been a member of Indonesian
Delegation to many regional economic cooperation meetings, such as ASEAN and APEC. Since
2006, she has been regularly attending APEC-Economic Commitee (EC) meetings, representing

Robert E. Brackett
Robert E. Brackett is the Vice President and Director of the National Center for Food Safety and
Technology (NCFST), at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Dr. Brackett is responsible for executive
leadership of NCFST and enhancing its stature and reputation as a national and international leader
in food safety, technology, and nutrition. Prior to coming to NCFST, Dr. Brackett served as Senior
Vice President and Chief Science and Regulatory Affairs Officer at the Washington-based Grocery
Manufacturing Association (GMA), where he oversaw all of the association’s scientific and regulatory
activity, including the operation of its in-house food safety laboratory. He has also served in various
positions within the US Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition,
eventually attaining the position of Center Director. From 1994 until 2000, Dr Brackett served as
Professor of Food Science and Technology in the Center for Food Safety at the University of Georgia,
and an Assistant Professor at North Carolina State University where he held the title of Extension
Food Safety Specialist. Dr. Brackett has served elected leadership positions in several professional
associations, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the International
Association for Food Protection. He is also the recipient of numerous professional awards and serves
on the Advisory Boards of the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, and the Food, Drug,
and Law Institute. He received his B.S. in bacteriology and his M.S. and Ph.D. in food microbiology
from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Martha Fabiola Carreon
Martha Fabiola Carreón – Gámez has a Law degree from the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico
City, 1995) and a Master in Administrative Law and Government Regulation from the Instituto
Tecnológico Autónomo de México (Mexico City, 2004). Fabiola has been working for the Federal
Commission on Regulatory Improvement -COFEMER- since 2001 as Director (2001 – 2004),
Executive Coordinator (2004 – 2006) and General Coordinator for Regulatory Improvement of
Services and Legal Issues (2006 – 2007). Currently, Fabiola Carreón is in charge of the General
Coordination for Institutional Regulatory Improvement. She is responsible for the analysis of
regulation drafts regarding to: Ministry of Government, International Affairs, Education, Public
Security, Social Development, Agricultural Reform, among other issues. In the past, she worked for
the Deregulation Economic Unit of the Ministry of Economy from 1998 to 2000 as Legal Deputy
Director. Likewise, she worked for different Law Firms, Consultancies and enterprises like Colgate
Palmolive Company (1994 – 1996) and Grupo de Economistas y Asociados (1997 – 1998).

Julia Doherty
Julia Doherty is Senior Director in the Office of WTO and Multilateral Affairs of the United States
Trade Representative (USTR). Ms Doherty is responsible for developing, coordinating and
implementing U.S. trade policy positions on international standards, conformity assessment
procedures, technical regulations and other non-tariff matters. She represents the United States on
the trade aspects of standards and conformance matters in the World Trade Organization (WTO), the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and other international organizations. In 2011, Ms.
Doherty serves as the Chair of the APEC Subcommittee on Standards and Conformance. Prior to
working on standards and conformance issues, Ms. Doherty coordinated U.S. trade policy related to
the negotiations on the Doha Development Agenda of the World Trade Organization. She has also
worked on international economic issues at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the Joint
Economic Committee of the U.S. Congress and the investment bank of Kidder, Peabody & Co. She
holds a Masters of Arts in Economics from the University of Maryland.

Hieu Phan Duc
Hieu Phan Duc is the Deputy Head of Department for Business Environment and Competitiveness
Policy for Central Institute for Economic Management. As the Deputy Head of Department he has
been involved in the policy-making process such as draftsman of laws, governmental decrees,
decisions, directives and provided recommendations. He has been providing training on RIA
(regulatory impact assessment), SCM (standard cost model). Phan Duc Hieu has done extensive
research and consultation for the legal framework on RIA. He received a bachelor’s degree in law
from Vietnam National University.

Manuel Gerardo Flores
Manuel Gerald Flores is a Senior Economist at the Regulatory Policy Division of the Organization for
the Economic Co-operation and the Development (the OECD). His functions include the analysis of
regulatory policy, elaboration of strategies for administrative simplification and revision of legislation,
as well as the formulation of proposals of policies to improve the regulatory quality and for the
regulatory impact analysis in countries members of the OECD, using better international practices. As
part of the cooperation between the OECD and Mexico to improve the competitiveness of this country,
he participated in the design and instrumentation of the on-line one-stop shop for business start-up
“tuempresa.gob.mx” and was the coordinator in Mexico of the program “Short Term Measures to
Improve Competitiveness of the Mexican States”. Manuel was previously a lecturer and researcher in
small businesses and entrepreneurship at the Lancaster University Management School in the UK.
His investigation focused on the decision of entrance and exit by entrepreneurs, economic impact of
small companies, and evaluation of public policies to promote small businesses companies and
entrepreneurship. He delivered academic presentations and for government agencies in the United
Kingdom, the United States, Germany, Spain and Portugal. Manuel Gerardo also worked for the
Federal Commission of Regulatory Improvement in Mexico (COFEMER) where he participated in the
regulatory improvement and simplification of formalities of the Ministry of Environment, the
introduction of RIA, and the construction of the Federal Registry of Formalities. He holds a BSc in
Economics from Tec de Monterrey in Mexico and an MSc and PhD in Economics from the University
of Warwick in the United Kingdom. He is a Mexican national

Amaya Fraile
Ms. Amaya Fraile is a State Modernization Advisor at the Ministry of Finance in Chile.

Alex Hunt
Alexander Hunt is a Branch Chief in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) within the
U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As Chief of OIRA’s Information Policy Branch, he is
responsible for the development and oversight of the U.S. government’s policies and practices
relating to open government, privacy, records management, standards, and related information policy
issues. Previously, he was involved in OIRA’s oversight of regulatory and information policies of the
Departments of Transportation, Homeland Security, and Treasury. Mr. Hunt also serves on the
Bureau of the OECD’s Regulatory Policy Committee, and has made presentations on U.S. regulatory
policy in Vancouver, London, Mexico City, Paris, Rabat, Rotterdam, Seoul and Dubai. He received a
bachelor’s degree in International Relations with honors from Occidental College and a Master of
Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where he
was also an International Fellow.

Scott Jacobs
Scott Jacobs is the Managing Director of Jacobs and Associates, a global corporation specializing in
regulatory reform solutions. He is leading expert and author with 26 years of experience in regulatory
reforms and good business environments. A pioneer in the RIA field, he has worked on RIA in over 30
developed and developing countries, and is the lead lecturer in the popular applied RIA courses
offered globally twice a year in Rome by Jacobs and Associates and LUISS University. He has
authored numerous articles and 23 books on regulatory reform, and is cited in international press
world-wide. He organized and was Head of the influential OECD Program on Regulatory Reform from
1995-2001, where he wrote many of the recommended “good regulatory practices” that are now used
as benchmarks worldwide. His work aims at producing low-cost and low-risk regulatory regimes that
support private sector development and good governance. His specialties include comparative
research on regulation; diagnostics of regulatory barriers to growth and poverty reduction; building
national capacities to carry out broad-based reforms; helping governments implement regulatory
impact analysis (RIA); simplifying administrative and licensing procedures and other barriers to entry;
and reforming business registration.

Peter Ladegaard
Peter Ladegaard is a Principal Operations Officer in the World Bank Group’s Investment Climate
Department. Since 2010 he has managed the IFC/World Bank Group’s Investment Climate programs
in Eastern and Southern Africa. In addition, he maintains a number of global knowledge management
projects on Climate Change and Better Regulation. Prior to taking up his recent assignment, Peter
Ladegaard was the World Bank Group’s “Global Product Specialist” on Regulatory Governance. He is
the main author and editor of a series of regulatory reform studies under the World Bank Group’s
“Better Regulation for Growth” initiative. Until joining the World Bank Group in 2005, Peter Ladegaard
worked for OECD’s Regulatory Reform Program and management consulting for the Danish Ministry
of Finance. He received a Masters of Arts in Political Science and currently lives in Nairobi, Kenya.

Al Larson
Al Larson is Chairman of Transparency International/USA, a Board Member of Bread for the World,
and a Distinguished Fellow at the Council on Competitiveness. He is a non-lawyer that provides
clients with strategic advice, counseling and representation at the intersection of international
business and public policy. His practice encompasses international trade, investment and acquisition,
entering on the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United states (CFIUS); sanctions and
trade compliance; international energy transactions; protection of intellectual property; and
compliance with anti-bribery rules. Mr. Larson is a member of the Board. He previously served as
Under Secretary of State for Economics and is a Career Ambassador, the State Department’s highest

Amanda Lee
Amanda Lee is an economist for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of
Management and Budget. Dr. Lee reviews regulatory impact analyses of regulations reviewed under
the Executive Orders 12866 and 13563. In addition, she has been serving at the Office of
Management and Budget since 1999 and served as the Program Director of the Decision, Risk and
Management Sciences Program, and the Innovation and Organizational Sciences Program at the
National Science Foundation in 2006. Her portfolio of agencies includes the Environmental Protection
Agency, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Interior, and the Department of Treasury.
She graduated in 1993 from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and in 1999 from
the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Peter Mumford
Peter Mumford works on regulatory issues in both the New Zealand Ministry of Economic
Development and the Treasury. He has participated in APEC and OECD regulatory quality initiatives
over the years, and he established New Zealand’s RIA regime. He has had hands-on regulatory
management roles, with oversight of reforms of business regulation in areas such as securities law,
insolvency and building, and the negotiation of a number of international agreements to reduce
technical barriers to trade and encourage coordination of business laws (specifically between
Australia and NZ). He has also taken an academic interest in reform, completing a Master’s thesis on
factors affecting international regulatory cooperation, and a PhD on performance-based regulation.

Tri Dung Nguyen
Tri Dung Nguyen is the National Project Manager for the Office of the National Assembly within the
Department of Economic Affairs and a specialist for the ECNA-UNDP Project on “Macroeconomic
Policies”. As a member of the Macroeconomic Advisory group, he was actively involved in four key
policy making agencies, Economic Committee of the NA, Communist Party’s Office, Office of the
Government and National Financial Supervisory Committee. In his position, he prepared examination
reports, implemented and drafted economic and law projects. He has been involved in the drafting
process of governmental decrees, decisions, and directives. Previously, he was an economic
researcher for both the Center for Information, Library and Research Services, and Central Institute
for Economic Management. He received a bachelor’s degree in International Economics from Hanoi
National Economics University and a Masters of Financial Economics with Merit from University of

Paul R. Noe
Paul Noe is the Vice President for Public Policy at the American Forest & Paper Association. He also
serves as the Co-Chair of the Rulemaking Committee of the ABA Section of Administrative Law &
Regulatory Practice. Previously, he served as the Counselor to Administrator John Graham in the
Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. At OMB, Paul
participated in interagency reviews of draft regulations and helped to develop government-wide best
practices for guidance documents, information quality, and peer review. During his time in the
Senate, he drafted regulatory reform legislation and was responsible for a wide variety of other issues
regarding administrative and environmental law, climate change, energy policy, federalism, property
rights, privacy, paperwork reduction, and government oversight. Paul received a bachelor’s of arts
from Williams College, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and received a Master of Law
from Georgetown University Law Center. He was an Associate Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal
and an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics.

Javier Gala Palacios
Mr. Francisco Javier Gala Palacios currently serves as the Deputy Director of Special Projects at the
Private Sector’s Center for Economic Studies (CEESP). CEESP is a leading Mexican think tank that
provides economic, political and financial research to government and the private sector in pursuit of
sustainable economic development priorities. Mr. Gala has extensive experience in public sector
investment issues, including previous work with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB),
International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the Government of Mexico. Mr. Gala holds a Masters degree
in Economics from the University of Chicago.

Jim Steele
Jim Steele has been Director of the Office of Economic Policy in the State Department’s Bureau of
East Asian and Pacific Affairs since September 2009. In addition to monitoring, analyzing, and
advocating on regional economic and commercial matters, the office coordinates United States
government participation in Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and supports the U.S. Senior Official
for APEC. Steele joined the Foreign Service as an economic officer in 1986 following Peace Corps
service in Nepal and stints teaching English and managing regional programs for a U.S-based NGO in
Thailand. He has served in Kingston, Paris (at the US Mission to the OECD), and Ottawa, in addition
to postings in Vientiane and Bangkok (twice). His functional specializations are energy, finance,
trade, and environmental affairs. Steele has a bachelor's degree in history from Yale and master's
degrees from Arizona State University (public administration) and the Industrial College of the Armed

Callie Stewart
Ms. Callie Stewart is First Secretary in Trade Policy at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, DC.

Ida Bagus Rahmadi Supancana
Dr. Ida Bagus Rahmada Supancana is both an expert consultant for Preparing Feasibility Study
Database in Indonesia, in cooperation with State Minister for National Development Plan, and a Chief
Coordinator for Trade-Related Legal Review for Technical Cooperation Project for Capacity
Development for Trade Related Administration with International Development Associates. He has
been a lecturer at several universities in Indonesia since 1984 and has worked extensively on
research activities in cooperation with governmental and international institutions on RIA. He received
a law degree in International Law from Padjadjaran University, the Master of Law Degree in Business
law from University of Indonesia and a Doctorate of International Law, specialization in Air & Space
Law from the State University of Leiden.

Kurt Tong
Kurt Tong is the U.S. Senior Official for Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), managing all
aspects of U.S. participation in APEC. He is also the Economic Coordinator for the Bureau of East
Asian and Pacific Affairs, organizing bureau-wide efforts on economic policy issues. Mr. Tong has
spent 17 years working and studying in East Asia, including service at the U.S. Embassies in Manila,
Tokyo, Beijing and Seoul. Most recently, he served as Director for Korean Affairs at the Department of
State from 2008 to 2009. Prior to that, he was Director for Asian Economic Affairs at the National
Security Council from 2006 to 2008. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Tokyo University Faculty of
Economics from 1995 to 1996. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Tong was an Associate with
the Boston Consulting Group in Tokyo. Mr. Tong holds a B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of
Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and studied graduate-level economics at the
U.S. Foreign Service Institute. He has also studied at the Beijing Institute of Education, Inter-
University Program for Chinese Language Studies in Taipei, Inter-University Center for Japanese
Language Studies in Tokyo, and International Christian University in Tokyo.

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