The DCED Executive Committee (ExCo) meets once a quarter, to oversee the work of the Secretariat and the Committee’s various thematic groups. Its three members and two co-chairs are elected for two year terms; elections are held once a year at the DCED Annual Meeting.


ExCo Minutes


DCED Members can view the ExCo Minutes on demand; please contact the Secretariat.


Current ExCo members

  • Markus Pilgrim, co-chair

    Markus Pilgrim Markus Pilgrim manages the Small Enterprise Program of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The programme aims at improving the business environment, delivering entrepreneurship education and training, integrating small entrepreneurs into local and global value chains, and developing good workplace practices.

    Prior to joining ILO, Markus worked as Manager of the Youth Employment Network (a partnership of United Nations, ILO, and World Bank generating knowledge on effective policies and programs to improve employment opportunities for youth) and as regional program manager for International Finance Corporation (IFC), World Bank Group, based in Cairo, Egypt, coordinating a portfolio of technical assistance projects on private sector promotion in the Middle East and North Africa. Other previous experience includes eight years as Managing Director of the Foundation for Economic Development and Vocational Training (SEQUA), a joint development agency of the German chambers and business associations. Markus holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Göttingen University, Germany.

  • Johan Veul, co-chair

    Johan Veul

    Johan Veul is Head of Private Sector Development in the Department for Sustainable Economic Development at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs.  The department works to promote inclusive growth by improving the business environment and the functioning of markets in low and middle income countries. Engagement with Dutch enterprises helps to realize synergies between the objective of inclusive growth and Dutch business interests in international trade and investment.

    Johan began working in Private Sector Development in 2002. His responsibilities at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs have included policy development for and co-ordination of challenge funds, infrastructure development, and overseeing the food and nutrition security programme. Prior to this, Johan worked in Africa for 12 years, with previous roles including Country Director in Uganda and programme manager in Zambia. Johan graduated as a civil engineer at the Delft University of Technology.

  • Anita Bhatia

    Anita Bhatia

    Anita Bhatia was appointed Director, Advisory Services Operations in the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in 2011. In 2010, she was IFC’s first Global Head of Knowledge, in which capacity she oversaw the knowledge management efforts in the Corporation. Prior to this, she led IFC’s Business Process Improvement efforts. She was appointed the Advisory Services representative on the Global-Local “Vision 2010” Task Force in 2006 and came to IFC headquarters in 2007 to set up IFC’s first change management office, the Global Local office, where she played a key role in supporting implementation of IFC’s decentralization and Vision 2010.  From 2003 to 2006 she was General Manager of the Latin America Technical Assistance Facility, based in Peru, where she oversaw the creation of IFC’s Advisory Services in Latin America and expanded IFC’s Advisory Services footprint into new markets in the region. Anita joined IFC in June 2003 as a Senior Private Sector Development Specialist in the Small and Medium Enterprise Department based in Bolivia.

    Anita Bhatia holds a  BA in History from Calcutta University, an MA in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law School.

  • Steve Cumming

    Steve CummingAs part of the Economic Opportunities for Youth team at The MasterCard Foundation, Steve currently manages a portfolio of projects focusing on skills training and connecting young people to markets. Steve is also the focal point within the Foundation for the Youth Think Tank.

    Steve has been working in the development sector for the past ten years. He has lived and worked in South Sudan, Angola and Sierra Leone in field management positions and was also the International Programs Director for a Youth Development organization. Steve has a Master’s in Social Work from Carleton University and a Master’s of Post-War Reconstruction and Development from the University of York.


  • Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf

    Liliana de Sá Kirchknopf is Head of the Private Sector Development Division in the Economic Development Cooperation Directorate at SECO, promoting a better business environment and access to finance for enterprises as well as strengthened skills.

    She has been working for SECO since 1996 in different positions, including as Senior Advisor at the Swiss Executive Directors Office at the World Bank Group in Washington D.C., as private sector development specialist for the International Finance Corporation IFC and as Head of the Swiss Contribution Office in Budapest, responsible for the set-up and implementation of a 130 million CHF cohesion programme in Hungary. She holds a masters in economics from the University of Berne with a minor in political science. She speaks five languages.