Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee
Mr Robert Samels (Canada)
Term of Office: 2014 to Jan 2019
Educational background: Chartered Accountant - Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, Directors Education Program -
University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting both
at University of Manitoba, Canada.
Experience: Broad experience as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers for over 12 years in Canada and Europe
providing independent senior level advice on financial statements, internal controls and special investigations. Extensive private sector experience
as Director of Internal Audit followed by Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer and then executive officer of a Canadian publicly listed energy company.
Duties included lead on governance and risk management in a number of areas including corporate restructuring, information technology, internal control systems,
engineering and construction of major infrastructure projects. Numerous past memberships on national committees representing the energy sector.
Mr Christof Gabriel Maetze (Germany)
Term of Office: 2018 to Jan 2022
Educational background: Apprenticeship with Commerzbank and a Diploma of the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management,
TGMP, Harvard Business School, Management School St Gallen and IMD Lausanne, Baden-Baden Entrepreneur talks (BBUG 135)
Experience: Career in commercial banking, first with BHF-Bank, Frankfurt (1985–1989), later with Hypo Vereinsbank (now Unicredit) (1990–2003),
Munich and Singapore, then with Dresdner Bank, Frankfurt (2004–2006), as member of the Executive Committee Corporate Banking and,
following the latter’s merger with Commerzbank as of 2007, as Member of the Executive Management Board of Commerzbank until October 2017.
Membership of several boards and audit committees.
Dr Jeya Wilson (New Zealand and South Africa)
Term of Office: 2016 to Jan 2020
Educational background: PhD, University of Oxford; Financial Times Non-Executive Board Director Diploma,
International Certificate in Enterprise Risk Management (Institute of Risk Management).
Experience: Vice-Chair, Fairtrade International; ILO Independent Oversight Advisory Committee; Global Fund Audit and Ethics Committee;
Governor, Northumbria University; Global Trade Professionals Alliance; World Chambers Federation. Work experience includes:
CEO, Africa Initiative for Governance, Nigeria; Executive Director and Adjunct Professor, International MBA, University of Geneva; CEO,
World Heart Federation, Switzerland; Director, Business Partnerships Division, UNDP, New York; CEO, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, South Africa.
Mr Jayantilal M. Karia (Uganda)
Term of Office: 2018 to Jan 2022
Educational background: Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Long Island University, New York, United States, Financial Management,
Accounting, Audit and Oversight; B.Com (Hons) in accounting, auditing, business law from MS University, Baroda, India; Diploma in Cooperative Societies,
MS University, Baroda, India; Certificate in programing and systems design, NY University, New York, USA and Certificate in Foundations of Organizational Ombudsman
Practice and Mediation, Baltimore, United States.
Experience: Some 18 years in the United Nations Postal Administration (UNPA), New York, performing systems development, financial management and administration support
duties (1972–1990); Deputy Executive Officer, in the United Nations Department of Administration and Management (1990–1995), Deputy Director (1995–1997) and
Director of United Nations Accounts Division (1997–2009). Deputy Controller of the United Nations headquarters in New York (2009–2011), co-Chairman the United Nations
Finance and Budget Network and Chairman of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Accounting Standards, overseeing the implementation of International Public Sector
Accounting Standards (IPSAS), while serving as United Nations Observer at the IPSAS Board. Director of Administration and Management of International Renewable
Energy Agency (IRENA) (2012-2015). Serves as Member of a number of Audit and Oversight Committees in International organizations
Mr Leonardo P. Gomes Pereira (Brazil)
Term of Office: 2016 to Jan 2020
Educational background: Bachelor of Science, in Engineering, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil;
BSc in Economics from Universidade Candido Mendes, Rio, Brazil; Master of Business Administration from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
Various executive development programs with IMD, Switzerland, AOTS, Japan, Wharton and Columbia, USA.
Experience: Member of the Board of Directors of listed companies and of the FGC Board (Brazilian FDIC). Former Chairman and CEO of the Brazilian Securities and Exchange Commission
(CVM) for a 5-year, no renewable term; possess also a combination of banking, securities and senior managerial experience in the private sector (former EVP of a large Brazilian airline,
Business Manager of one of the largest loyalty programs in Brazil, CEO of a teak wood producer, CFO of the largest Brazilian triple play telecom provider).
Mr. Pereira was also a member of the Latin America Round Table on Corporate Governance (CG) on the auspices of OECD. He was a member of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO)
Board and Vice Chair of the IOSCO Growth and Emerging Markets Committee where he led a task force that discussed the implementation of the OECD CG principles in Emerging Markets.
He also represented Brazil at the IFRS Monitoring Board and was a Visiting Fellow at the Program on International Financial Systems, Harvard Law School.
Mr Christopher Mihm (United States of America)
Term of Office: 2019 to Jan 2023
Educational background: BA, Georgetown University, 1981 (political theory) magna cum laude. University of Virginia, Thomas Jefferson Foundation Graduate
Fellow in Political Theory 1981–1983.
Experience: Since 2004, Managing Director, Strategic Issues, United States Government Accountability Office (GAO); Director, Strategic Issues, 1997–2004.
With a staff of 150 in four locations, this position is leading the conception, development and issuance of about 50 GAO reports every year on diverse topics. Member,
United Nations Independent Audit Advisory Committee (2012–2017); Lead executive of the global technical staff supporting the International Organisation of Supreme
Audit Institutions (INTOSAI) Task Force on Strategic Planning, to develop its 2017–2022 strategic plan; GAO representative to various past INTOSAI working groups.