11:40 – 12:30 – Panel Discussion: Best practices of mobilization of Public Sector Expertise from EU 15 Member States for Development Cooperation projects in the EU Partner Countries

Panel description: The representatives from the EU 15 Member States will share and discuss the information about their PSE involvement in the EU development cooperation projects (Twinning, Taiex, grants, Sigma, delegated cooperation, other) and national bilateral development cooperation projects, their experiences on different organizational set-up and legal basis in the EU 15 MS, incentives for public sector experts and their administrations as well as challenges facing public sector experts and their institutions for mobilizing Public Sector Expertise.  

Mr Linas Kojala, Moderator







Linas Kojala was named Director of Eastern Europe studies center, a leading think-tank in the Baltic countries, in 2016. In 2020, he also started a fellowship at Foreign Policy Research Institute (U.S.), where he has been working on security and economic issues of importance to the Baltic Sea region. He was also a Fulbright Fellow at Davis Center, Harvard University (2017-2018), and continues to be a non-resident expert at Davis Center Negotiation Task Force. 

Linas is also a columnist and a regular political commentator at Lithuanian TV and radio, as well as international outlets (including CNN, the Moscow Times, French, German, Dutch radio, etc.). His research interests include foreign affairs, U.S. foreign policy, European integration, security and NATO studies, information security. His book on Lithuania's accession to the European Union and current security challenges of Europe was among top-selling books in Lithuania in 2019. In 2019, he was voted third most influential Lithuanian public figure in a poll by the national media outlet DELFI.

Mr Tobias Jung, Director for Strategy and Communication of FIIAPP, Spain - TBC

Ms Nina Geladze Ekstedt, National Contact Point of Twinning & TAIEX from Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)






Nina Geladze Ekstedt is National Contact Point for Twinning and TAIEX (Sweden) and works at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency Sida. She is working as a policy advisor for environment and climate at the department for Europe and Latin Amerika. She has an extensive experience in working with public sector as focal point for Swedish public agencies. She has Master Degrees in Biology and Land Management &Land Tenure.

Ms Yildiz Götze, National Contact Point of Twinning & TAIEX, German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy







Yıldız Götze has worked at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy for 20 years. Since 2015  she is Head of Division responsible for  Institutional Partnerships, Twinning, and the International Manager Training Programme. Prior to this, she was acting Head of the ‘Relations with EU Member States’ Division. She served in the Foreign Trade Department for a number of years and on the G7 Sherpa Staff. Before joining that ministry, she worked at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the World Bank, the EU Commission and the GIZ. She has also been posted abroad including in Turkey, Latvia and Burkina Faso.

Mr. Siegfried Leffler, Director of the GIZ Representation Brussels







Siegfried Leffler has been Director of the GIZ Representation in Brussels since 2016. He oversees the cooperation of the GIZ with EU Institutions, specifically with the European Commission.

Mr Leffler has held different positions at GIZ such as Country Director in Accra/Ghana, Regional Director for Middle East, North Africa and Turkey in Tripoli/Libya, Thematic Coordinator for Environment & Infrastructure of International Services in Eschborn/Germany and Senior Project Manager for Environment and Infrastructure Projects in Europe, the Mediterranean and Central Asia in Eschborn/Germany. Due to his international experiences he has acquired an extensive amount of expertise in the field of development cooperation, the implementation of development goals and the Africa - EU partnership.

He holds a Msc. degree in Economics from the universities of Cologne and Regensburg (Germany).

Mr Jean Christophe Charlier, Manager Governance Unit, Belgium Development Agency Enabel







Jean-Christophe is an economist with over 20 years of experience managing international development programs in Africa, Eastern Europe and Asia. He specializes in governance, decentralization, public sector reform,  security and rule of law and institutional development.

Since 2016, Jean-Christophe heads the governance unit of the Belgian Development Agency. Prior he served in Vietnam as a governance and institutional development adviser with the Belgian Development Agency. In 2008-2011 he was Advisor to the Minister of Development Cooperation. He previously served as a governance adviser in Enabel Headquarters since 2000.

Prior to joining Enabel, Jean-Christophe worked for UNDP, the World Food Program, the EU Phare program and the NGO Handicap International in Ethiopia, Zambia and Rwanda.  He holds a Master Degree in Applied Economics from the Louvain School of Management at the Université Catholique de Louvain and a post Graduate Diploma  in Environmental Economics from the University of London (SOAS).

Dr David Weakliam, National Lead for Global Health Programme, Health Service Executive, Ireland

David Weakliam is a leader and advocate on global health issues in Ireland. Trained as a medical specialist in General Practice and Public Health Medicine, he has worked since 1988 in global health, including 12 years leading and managing health programmes in Sudan, Liberia, Nepal, Ghana and DRC. On return to Ireland he worked as Health Adviser in Irish Aid from 2003 to 2007. His current role is National Lead for the Global Health Programme in the HSE. He has continued as a technical adviser to Irish Aid. He is current Chair of the Board of the European ESTHER Alliance which supports North-South institutional health partnerships, and leads Ireland’s ESTHER programme. He is Chair of the Irish Forum for Global Health, a global health network in Ireland with more than 700 members. He is Chair of Tearfund Ireland, an international development NGO working in Africa and Asia. He holds an academic post as senior lecturer in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

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