Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman

Chrik Poortman

CoST Board Chair

Chrik has chaired the CoST Board since 2011. In addition to his role with CoST, he is Senior Adviser/Individual Member at Transparency International, the global coalition against corruption. Until 2010, Chrik was also Director of Global Programmes at the Transparency International Secretariat, managing and guiding TI’s programme of global priorities in its fight against corruption. He sits on the Board for the Coalition for Integrity (C4I) which supports anti-corruption activity in the USA and he is an official civil society observer at the Trust Fund Committee of the Climate Investment Funds.

Prior to joining Transparency International, Chrik worked at the World Bank as Regional Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa. Before that, he was Country Director for South East Europe during which time he oversaw the World Bank’s assistance programs in the Balkans, including the post-war reconstruction activities in Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo. Much of Chrik’s career at the World Bank was devoted to Sub-Saharan Africa, including working as the World Bank’s Country Manager in Zimbabwe during 1990-94. Before joining the World Bank, Chrik worked as an economist in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Swaziland.