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Expert resume of Andres Rigo Sureda

Judge on the International Monetary Fund Administrative Tribunal; member of the Sanctions Committee of the IDB; international arbitrator; former Deputy General Counsel of the World Bank

Dispute Resolution

Arbitrator, mostly president, of tribunals established under ICSID, UNCITRAL, AAA and ICC Rules.

Mediator in disputes involving investors, contractors and States.

Judge on the Administrative Tribunal of the International Monetary Fund since 2010 (appointed by the Managing Director).

External member and Chairman of the Sanctions Committee of the Inter-American Development Bank since 2011 (appointed by the President) and of the Sanctions Panel of The Global Fund since 2013 (appointed by the Executive Director). Alternate external member of the Sanctions Board of the African Development Bank since 2013 (appointed by the Board of Executive Directors).

Member of the ICSID Panels of Arbitrators and Conciliators (appointed by Spain), the WTO Panel of Experts, the Panel of International Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and the Panel of Experts of P.R.I.M.E. Finance.

First developed this practice as senior adviser to the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski (2001-2005) and as sole practitioner afterwards.

World Bank

1998-2000 Acting Vice-President and General Counsel: Responsible for: advising the Executive Directors in the application and interpretation of the Bank's Articles of Agreement and advising them on all legal issues; providing legal advice to the Bank's senior management, the Inspection Panel and the Chief Executive Officer of the Global Environmental Facility; and the management of the vice presidency (about 200 staff including 120 lawyers). Member of the Sanctions Committee in charge of making recommendations to the President in cases of fraud and corruption in Bank-financed contracts.

1994 Deputy General Counsel, Operations: On behalf of the General Counsel, advised the Bank’s senior management and the Board on operational legal and policy issues and represented the General Counsel in the Policy and Operations Committees. Adviser to the Board's Committee on Development Effectiveness. Responsible for the management of 140 staff, including 100 lawyers, covering all aspects of World Bank Operations, and a budget of about $25 million.

1992 Assistant General Counsel, Operations: Participated in the formulation of the Bank's lending policies and procedures (particularly as they pertain to the environment, resettlement of displaced persons, procurement, international waters and disputed territories), and approved all lending operations before loan negotiations. Responsible for the management of all legal staff working in the Legal Department's six Regional Operations Divisions and operational advisory units responsible for Co-financing, Private Sector Development, Procurement, International Law and Environment, Energy and Mining.

1982 Chief Counsel of the Africa Division: Responsible for advising senior regional management on legal and policy issues arising in Africa and overseeing the work of 15 lawyers. Responsible for bond issues in Spain.

1979 Senior Counsel, 1973 Attorney: Country assignments for lending operations.