New head for Bretton Woods Project

24 May 2004

Jeff Powell has been selected from a strong field of candidates to be the new Bretton Woods Project Coordinator. He took up this new role in early June. Jeff has been at the Project for over two years and has demonstrated an exceptional ability to work with different people, to clarifying and galvanising action on complex work areas, and to encouraging the strengthening of networks of diverse groups in the UK and beyond. Jeff commented: “I’m excited by the opportunity to build upon the strong reputation which the Bretton Woods Project has established. 2005 is set to be a key year in the UK for raising the profile of development issues; the team is looking forward to supporting its partners in pressing demands for justice and equity.”

Since joining the Project Jeff has written and edited briefings and articles, in particular on trade issues. He has also facilitated meetings with the UK Executive Director and other officials, given talks at meetings of activists, and organised campaign letters and actions, for example on the selection of the IMF head. He has also taken responsibility for developing the IFIwatchnet collaborative internet initiative which involves 60 organisations worldwide.

Before joining BWP Jeff got a Masters in Development Studies from the Institute for Social Studies, majoring in the Politics of Alternative Development Strategies. Before that he worked for over 5 years in Thailand as an advisor to a rural weaving cooperative, then co-directing the Thai Community Currency Systems Project. This scheme, new to Thailand, facilitated learning between people’s organisations about the role of community currencies in strengthening local economies.

After setting up BWP in 1995 and directing it since then, Alex Wilks has left to run the European Network on Debt and Development based in Brussels.

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