Mr. Neil Cole is the Executive Secretary of the Collaborative Africa Budget Reform Initiative (CABRI). In this position he provides strategic leadership and management of a peer network of Senior Budget and Finance Officials from more than 30 African countries. Prior to his position at CABRI, Mr. Cole worked in the National Treasury of the South African Government in senior management positions in the Budget Office and in the International Economic Policy division. Responsibilities in the National Treasury included: policy advice and implementation of budget reforms; expenditure planning of national government; co-ordination of national budget process; policy advice on South Africa’s engagement with the rest of Africa; and representation at bilateral and multilateral forums, including multilateral development banks. Mr. Cole has done postgraduate studies in economics at the University of London and holds an undergraduate degree in public administration and communications from the University of South Africa. Mr. Cole has participated in several global forums on aid effectiveness and contributed in the drafting of the Accra Action Agenda and the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation. He is a faculty member on the PFM Executive Training Course at the Harvard Kennedy School. In 2014, he was elected to co-Chair the Effective Institutions Platform and also serves as a member of the board of Publish What You Fund.
The management of the budget, from preparation through to financial and performance reporting, is an important objective of public financial management (PFM). PFM refers to the procedures, established by law or regulation, for the management of public monies through the...Read More...
UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
Secretary- General, COMESA
Professor of International Business at Offenburg University
Former President of the United Republic of Tanzania
Director of International Records Management Trust