Dr. Gonzalo Castro de la Mata was appointed to the World Bank Inspection Panel on Dec.16, 2013, and became its chairman in November 2014. He is a U.S. and Peruvian national with close to three decades of international development experience. His career includes key roles across the private and public sectors and in multiple areas of development work, including biodiversity, climate change, accountability and ecosystem management. He earned a Ph.D. in ecology and population biology from the University of Pennsylvania and received his M.A and B.A. from Cayetano Heredia University in Lima, Peru.
When it comes to evaluating development proposals ahead of making funding decisions, there are key lessons the World Bank can draw upon to improve project effectiveness. Gonzalo Castro de la Mata and Dilek Barlas of the World Bank Inspection Panel, an independent accountability mechanism, detail lessons about environmental assessment that the panel has identified for the bank.