Waterloo, Canada — March 30, 2012 — The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rohinton Medhora as president, effective May 19, 2012.

Dr. Medhora is currently vice president of programs at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a federal crown corporation that supports research in developing countries to promote growth and development. Previously, he was director of IDRC’s Social and Economic Policy programs and led the centre’s Micro Impacts of Macroeconomic and Adjustment Policies and Trade, Employment and Competitiveness initiatives.

“Rohinton’s distinguished experience and his leadership of internationally renowned research programs make him an ideal candidate to carry forward CIGI’s mission to conduct world-leading policy research and analysis,” said Jim Balsillie, chair of CIGI’s Operating Board of Directors. “We look forward to Dr. Medhora building on CIGI’s growing reputation as an authority on significant global economic and security challenges, deepening our research programs and expanding the think tank’s role in influencing policy makers to innovate.”

Dr. Medhora received his doctorate in economics in 1988 from the University of Toronto, where he also subsequently taught for four years. His fields of expertise are monetary and trade policy, aid effectiveness and international economic relations. He has been a member of CIGI's International Board of Governors since 2009.

Dr. Medhora will assume his new position on a half-time basis over the summer while completing projects at IDRC and looks forward to assuming the CIGI role on a full-time basis in September.

“CIGI is a Canadian institution with its face to the rest of the world,” Rohinton Medhora said. “Its mission to improve multilateral governance resonates with an abiding concern in Canada and indeed across countries.  I am thrilled and honoured to have been selected to lead CIGI into its second decade.”

Dr. Medhora succeeds CIGI Executive Director Thomas A. Bernes, who was appointed in December 2009 and is assisting in the transition through May.  Mr. Bernes, who has held high-level positions in the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the Government of Canada, will continue with CIGI as a Distinguished Fellow, with special expertise in the global economy and global governance.

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