Dr. George M. Guess
Co-Director, Center for Democracy and Election Management
Scholar in Residence in Public Administration and Policy, SPA
George Guess is Co-Director, Center for Democracy and Election Management and Scholar in Residence in Public Administration and Policy at American University, Washington, D.C. Until Summer 2007 he was Director of Research at the Open Society Institute's Local Government and Public Services Reform Initiative in Budapest, Hungary (2004-2007). In 2005-2006, he was Acting Director of the Master's of Public Policy Program at Central European University. Prior to this, Dr. Guess was a senior public administration specialist at Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI). He has worked for more than 20 years providing technical assistance and training to strengthen and reform central and local government systems. Dr. Guess served two years with the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund, providing assistance on budget execution and control in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. For the World Bank, he worked on public expenditure review missions in Africa and Central America. In his work for World Bank under the Budget Formulation and Internal Audit Project in Nicaragua, he provided assistance in increasing the transparency of ministry budgets. Dr. Guess also has worked at the local government level to improve the transparency and accountability of recurrent and capital budgeting systems. In Albania, Macedonia, and Bulgaria, he provided training and technical assistance on budget planning and reporting systems for USAID-funded projects. Under a USAID legislative-strengthening project in Romania, Dr. Guess provided technical assistance in the budget oversight function. He also has served on project development teams for the Asian Development Bank in Pakistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. In 2003-2004, he served as Team Leader of the Budget/Finance Team for the USAID funded local government project (GRASP) in Romania. In addition to providing technical assistance, Dr. Guess has served as a professor of public administration at U.S. universities, such as Georgia State University in Atlanta, and provided public expenditure training for the IMF Institute, the World Bank Institute, and the Joint Vienna Institute. He has been an OAS Fellow to Costa Rica and a Fulbright Scholar twice—once to Uruguay and later in the Central American Research Program to Honduras, Belize and Costa Rica.
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