Ronald MacLean-Abaroa is a Bolivian politician and leading international expert in anticorruption programs. MacLean-Abaroa was the first democratically elected mayor of La Paz, Bolivia, and was reelected four times between 1985 and 1991 to this office.
Appointed the youngest minister at age 29, he has held five national cabinet positions including planning, foreign affairs, information and communications, finance and development, under three different Bolivian presidents.
He became the presidential candidate of the governing party in the last general election of 2002, before joining the World Bank as the Lead Public Sector Management Specialist on Governance, Decentralization, and Poverty Reduction.
In the late 1990's he spent three years with the Harvard Institute for International Development as a Senior Research Fellow on Governance, working with Jeffrey Sachs, and Michael Porter, in the Central American Project. He also lectured at the Kennedy School of Government, at Harvard, before returning to public service and politics.
He received his Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University, where he became a Research Fellow, and his bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Maryland.
He is leading research on institutional reform and governance and working on issues of decentralization, devolution of government powers to local citizens and anti-corruption strategies.
He is also founding member of Transparency International. He is the author of several articles and books, notably "Corrupt Cities: A Practical Guide to Cure and Prevention" (2000), coauthored with Robert Klitgaard and Linsey Parris since translated into fifteen languages.
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