LDI Local Development International: Promoting Local Development Through Local Governments

LDI Members and Associates
  • Leonardo Romeo
  • Mohamed El Mensi
  • Paul Smoke
  • Joanne Morrison
  • Detlef Kammeier
  • Emma Wadie Hobson
  • Giuliano Bosi
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Leonardo Romeo
Member and President 

Leonardo G. Romeo is a senior international development consultant and Adjunct Professor of Planning at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service of New York University. His core areas of expertise are local government strategic planning and capital programming and related investment project appraisal capacity development. In the last 10 years he has worked extensively as policy and technical advisor to support decentralization reforms processes helping governments in Africa, Asia and Latin America design national decentralization strategies and related implementation programs. He holds a Dr. Arch. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the IUAV University of Venice and a M.Sc. In Civil Engineering from Columbia University in New York.


Mohamed El Mensi

Mohamed El-Mensi is a senior public finance consultant and former assistant professor at the University of Tunis (Tunisia). For over 15 years he has worked as staff or consultant with multilateral development agencies (World Bank, WHO, UNDP, UNCDF) and governments in developing countries in the areas of fiscal and administrative decentralization reforms, sub-national financial systems design, and related local government management capacity building. Mr. El-Mensi holds a Master degree in Strategic Management from the University of Law and Economics (Tunis, Tunisia) and a Master degree in Financial Information Systems from the University of Paris IX, France.


Paul Smoke

Paul Smoke is Professor of Public Finance and Planning and Director of International Programs at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. He has more than 20 years of experience studying and conducting policy work on public sector fiscal reform, decentralization, and urban development in a range of developing countries, with a primary focus on Africa and Southeast Asia. Smoke has published extensively on decentralization and has done related work for more than a dozen international development agencies. He holds a Ph.D. in international development planning from MIT and an M.A. in economics from Rutgers University.


Joanne Morrison

Joanne Morrison is a senior international consultant with depth and breadth of experience in decentralization theory and practice. She worked for various UN agencies for the past 15 years, providing technical leadership and policy advice in local development and local government reforms. She has taken a leadership role in advising national and local governments, multilateral and bilateral institutions in the formulation of local government reforms, joint program design and implementation. Joanne also brings extensive experience in managing the implementation of local development projects in Thailand, Philippines, Cambodia, Yemen, Solomon Islands, Bhutan and Somalia. Joanne holds a Master in Primary Health from Flinders University South Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Public Health from Adelaide University and Graduate Diplomas in Adult Education and Health Counseling from University of South Australia.


H. Detlef Kammeier
Senior Associate Consultant 

H. Detlef Kammeier is Professor emeritus of Urban and Regional Planning (Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, 1976-2000). He is also visiting professor at the Urban Management Program of the Technical University of Berlin. He has a wide range of interests and related publications in urban and regional planning, decentralization, environmental management, and cultural heritage conservation. His record of professional experience mainly includes work in Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia and others) and more recently, the Near East (Syria and Jordan), but also Africa (Malawi, Kenya). Fluent in English, German, Thai, working knowledge of French and Italian.


Emma Wadie Hobson

Emma Wadie Hobson is a Local Economic Development (LED) Specialist with ten years' experience in international development and an MSc in LED (with Distinction) from the London School of Economics. As consultant to the World Bank, United Nations and international Non Governmental Organizations, Emma has carried out fieldwork  in Africa, South Asia, South East Europe and the Middle East gaining extensive practical experience in the promotion of local economic development and the design and implementation of research and investment projects. She isfluent in written and spoken Portuguese, Arabic and English and has a working knowledge of French and Spanish.


Giuliano Bosi
Member and Executive Officer

Giuliano Bosi is an international development Project Planner and Manager with an MSc in Management of International Public Service Organizations, and extensive experience in the design and implementation of programs that promoteLocal Governance and Local Development. He specializes in the design and implementation of local government strategic planning, programming and budgeting institutions and related facilitation and capacity building services. He has held short and long-term technical advisory and country management positions with UN organizations and international NGOs in Latin America and the Asia Pacific regions. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Italian, and has a working knowledge of French.