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Meet the Co-Chairs


Mark Montgomery currently acts as the Deputy Head of Mission for Irish Aid in Malawi. Mark brings over 20 years of professional experience on governance having previously worked as the Governance Policy Lead for Irish Aid and as Senior Governance Adviser at country level in Africa, the Caribbean and the Middle East with DFID and Trocaire.

Neil Cole, EIP Co-Chair

Neil Cole has more than 20 years’ experience in public finance and budgeting. As a senior manager in the National Treasury of South Africa, he managed the national budget process and contributed to the design and implementation of several public finance management reforms. He represented South Africa at several High Level Forums on Aid Effectiveness and has previously served as a co-chair of the Effective Institutions Platform. Neil has led CABRI from its formative years as an informal network to its current status as a pan-African organization whose work covers more than 30 African countries.