Jonathan Richmond’s Biographical Note

Looking down on Port Louis the capital of Mauritius, an island nation of a million people where I served as transport adviser. Despite achievements in forging policy consensus in the sector after years of stalemate, corruption stood in the way of effective implementation of reforms.

Jonathan Richmond seeks ways to stem the corruption that destroys chances of effective growth in many developing countries, and of building better governance based on harnessing the enthusiasm and integrity of younger government workers who generally have high ambitions for their countries, hate corruption, and wish to move their nations forward.

Jonathan was most recently a consultant with the World Bank assigned to support the Addis Ababa City Administration Road & Transport Bureau. His work focused on helping plan the implementation of new city government institutions in the transport sector to provide more effective governance, management and integration of services.

Earlier on, Jonathan was transport adviser to the Governments of Mauritius and then Bangladesh. He has also advised the Governments of Singapore and Dubai, was New South Wales Department of Transport Visiting Professor at the University of Sydney, with a role of government advising as well as teaching, and has advised the leadership of Los Angeles on transportation issues.

Affected by the damaging effects of corruption, he is now turning his career to teaching and practice in the area of building good government. He helped edit a recent manual on corruption control for the German development agency, GIZ, has appeared on panels on corruption at the invitation of the World Bank, was invited to Manila to address the ADB on ways of moving from corruption to effective governance, and has conducted seminars on the subject at numerous universities.

Jonathan was educated at St. Paul’s School, is a graduate of the London School of Economics, and was a British Fulbright Scholar at MIT from which he received Masters and Doctoral degrees. His multidisciplinary doctoral dissertation working with Professor Donald Schön was about explaining and reflecting on the assumptions behind both public decision making and engineering modeling in the context of rail transit planning for Los Angeles.

Jonathan has held teaching positions at a number of universities including UCLA, The University of Reading, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers in Paris — teaching in French — and Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand, where he worked on curriculum reform to make educational content more appropriate for Asian students as well as more student-centered. His continuing interests in education are aimed at developing approaches in critical thinking that equip students to identify and reflect on the often tacit assumptions that constrain effectiveness in almost every facet of life.

A further recent educational interest is in developing opportunities for academically-brilliant teenagers that come from immigrant, low-income, or sometimes troubled family backgrounds. Jonathan has mentored highly talented disadvantaged youth in Lowell Massachusetts, has made a presentation to the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Lowell on the subject, and is in the process of establishing a nonprofit organization, Takeoff Space, to target this group for much needed services to improve their chances of escaping the constraints of their backgrounds and attaining the opportunities in higher education they deserve.

Widely traveled around the world, Jonathan also has a substantial journalism portfolio ranging from his prizewinning work for The Tech student newspaper at MIT, writing editorials for the Los Angeles Times and reviewing arts performances for the Thai and Bangldesh press. He is currently a contributor to Opera magazine.

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