International officials rejected the Bank's false claims about Dr. Biru during his discrimination hearings. The following are samples of the defamatory items on the Bank's website:
1. "He had no management responsibility in the Bank’s global management...To be sure, he has been asked to help during spikes in work assignments as a team member
2. “He doesn’t have the judgment and relationship management skills… He lacks credibility with the international community... "
3. Some regions do not want to work with him. They do not think he listens or tries to understand their perspective.”
4. “He was not regarded as a team player nor able to work cooperative.
The following written statements are selected from 24 statements made by high-level international officials, including CEOs. The Tribunal ignored all Dr. Biru's witnesses. Not one was quoted in the Tribunal's judgment. By contrast, all the Bank's witnesses were quoted, including hearsay third party statements whose identities were not disclosed.
Dr. Ifzal Ali
Asian Development Bank
"Dr. Biru’s professionalism, expertise and diplomacy have been pivotal in influencing [Asia’s Regional Advisory Board] decisions... I would also like to place on record the contributions and assistance provided by Yonas Biru in adopting innovative approaches. He has provided yeoman service as we have grappled with various issues pertaining to the Poverty PPPs."
Mr. Abdurahman Al Mansuri
“Without any reservation I can say Yonas is a well-rounded professional. . . . His professional and diplomatic skills, and action-oriented and results-focused approach to management have served him well to earn the respect and friendship of all those who are involved in the program.”
Dr. George Alibaruho
“I am personally proud .to have had a chance to work with Mr. Biru. He brought enthusiasm, energy and profound experience to all the meetings he attended and chaired. His strategic thinking, organizational skills and consensus- and partnership- building abilities were invaluable assets in the success of our endeavors at ECA.”
Mr. Mohamed Al Badrawy
“I was dismayed and saddened to see that Mr. Biru was not recognized as Deputy Global Manager and Team Leader in the World Bank’s Global Report when he is given appropriate recognition for his leadership role by other international agencies.”
Mr. Derek Blades
“Yonas’ co-operation with OECD was exemplary and we would be very pleased to collaborate with him on future joint OECD-World Bank projects…”
Note: In Europe the people who worked with Dr, Biru were supportive of him. It was the high-level officials and European members of the Global Board who refused to accept him as Global Manager.
Dr. Hubert Escaith
“My interaction with Mr. Biru dealt with managerial more than technical aspects of the program. These management issues were particularly complex, because the Latin American project faced tremendous difficulties in mobilizing resources to finance the planned activities. Mr. Biru was definitely instrumental in securing funds.”