Corruption and Governance Expert,
McGill University / World Bank
Rick Stapenhurst is a consultant/advisor to the World Bank Institute, where until his recent retirement, he was team leader of the governance/parliamentary program. He is a has a dual appointment at McGill University as Professor of Practice (the Institute for the Study of International Development and Desautel’s Faculty of Management) and is a professeur associe in political science at Laval University.
He joined the World Bank in 1996 and concentrated on anti-corruption, good governance and parliamentary development. This work involved extensive travel throughout Africa and Asia where we worked with legislators, government officials, civil society representatives and journalists.
He has written extensively on issues related to anti-corruption and parliamentary strengthening; his most recent books include Following the Money: Comparing Parliamentary Public Accounts Committees with Kerry Jacobs and Riccardo Pelizzo (London: Pluto Press, 2013), Government Accountability and Legislative Oversight with Riccardo Pelizzo (London, Routledge, 2014) and African Parliamentary Reform co-edited, with Rasheed Draman and Andrew Imlach (London: Routledge, 2011), Parliaments as Peacebuilders: The Role of Parliaments in Conflict Affected Countries with Mitch O’Brien (Washington, DC: World Bank, 2008), and The Role of Parliament in Curbing Corruption (Washington, DC: World Bank 2006). He is currently editing two books, one with Lisa von Trapp and Mitch O’Brien, on Parliamentary Indicators and Benchmarks, and the other with Kerry Jacobs and Mitch O’Brien a book on Regional Perspectives on Parliamentary Oversight Committees. He has also written numerous articles and working papers that have been published in both the business and in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Born in South Africa and raised in the United Kingdom, he immigrated to Canada in 1972. He has completed Doctorates in both Business and Commerce (from Australian National University, 2011) and in Business Administration (from the International Graduate School, 1988), and Master’s degrees in both Business Administration (York University) and Development Studies (Carleton University). The thesis for his PhD from Australian National University was “Legislative Oversight and Curbing Corruption: Presidentialism and Parliamentarianism Revisited”; the thesis for his DBA from International Graduate School was “Political Risk Analysis in Canadian and U.S. Based Multinational Corporations”
Before joining the World Bank, Rick worked at the Canadian International Development Agency, most recently as the Director of the Multilateral Development Banks unit and before that as head of aid for Canada’s development assistance program at the Canadian Embassy in Addis Ababa. He developed and oversaw the implementation of Canadian development assistance projects in Ethiopia, Sudan and Djibouti.
Rick is married to Cathryn Stapenhurst (nee Cochrane) and has two adult children (Sarah and Timothy) and one grand-daughter (Arlie). He lives in Montreal and Washington, DC.