OTTAWA, Jan. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - The North-South Institute (NSI) President and CEO, Mr. Joseph Ingram will retire from his role as head of the renowned think tank in August 2013. During his three year term, he hired a new and capable group of young researchers and raised the Institute's profile in local and international development circles.
"After much consideration, including discussions with my family, I have decided not to accept the Board's offer of a contract extension beyond my three year tenure which ends in August, 2013. My decision was a difficult one given the profile NSI now has and the exciting initiatives which we have embarked on. I have enjoyed the job enormously and it has been a privilege for me to work with a great group of professionals dedicated to addressing critical issues for development."
Gil Winham, former chair of the Board offers his thoughts on Mr. Ingram's mandate: "As the President of The North-South Institute, Joseph Ingram demonstrated that he has a profound understanding of international development, as well as being a negotiator in addressing the new challenges of a rapidly changing international environment - coming at a time when public funding for development has been globally affected by the ongoing financial crisis."
During his tenure, Mr. Ingram was responsible for many notable achievements including, securing sustained support by key funders, CIDA and IDRC and convening the successful "NSI Ottawa Forum 2011: The Future of Multilateral Development Cooperation in a changing Global Order". The organization of "NSI Ottawa Forum 2013: Governing Natural Resources for Africa's Development" is now underway, to be held at the Château Laurier on May 9 and 10, 2013. Mr. Ingram also supported the timely development of a new open access tool for tracking international donor contributions that has captured the attention of development agencies nationally and internationally: The Canadian International Development Platform (CIDP) available on the NSI website. As always, NSI continues to work with southern partners in developing and disseminating policy relevant research.
The Chair of the Board, Arpi Hamalian credits Joseph Ingram in "pursuing NSI's contributions to issues of global governance, gender and trade, development in fragile states, work on economic and social rights, natural resource governance and in particular governance for equitable growth".
Joe Ingram will be leaving The North South Institute after the completion of his contract in August 2013. The North South Institute's Board of Directors has formed an advisory search committee, led by Mr. Philip Johnson, a former chair of the Board, to find a successor and oversee the transition.
NSI's Board and staff join the Chair of the Board in wishing Joe Ingram the best in his future endeavours and acknowledging his unstinting service and commitment to the advancement of the Institute.
SOURCE: The North-South Institute
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