UN Regional Agency for North Africa and the MIddle East

ICP Regional Coordinator

“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.”  

UN Undersecretary General

"Mr. Biru has worked diligently with my senior management and technical staff and has earned their respect for his commitment, resourcefulness and professionalism.  Mr. Biru has remarkable skills in building and nurturing partnerships.  As a result, the Program has laid a strong foundation for a strategic partnership between UN ESCWA and the World Bank."

Asian Development Bank

Chief Economist

“I would like to place on record the contributions provided by Yonas Biru. His professionalism, expertise and diplomacy have been pivotal in influencing Asia’s Regional Advisory Board decisions.”

Director of Statistics and Assistant Chief Economist

“Yonas has worked well not only with ADB colleagues and senior management, but also with national coordinators and the Regional Advisory Board. He is regarded for his ability in finding practical solutions to complex problems as well as for his consensus building skills.”

EUROPE - Organization of Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD)

Director of Statistics

“Yonas’ co-operation with OECD was exemplary and we would be very pleased to collaborate with him on future joint OECD-World Bank projects…”

Former Head of OECD's ICP Program and Former Manager at the World Bank

“At all the global meetings I have attended where Yonas has been present, I think he has demonstrated a respectable public diplomacy in the best traditions of the World Bank.”

Latin America: Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

Director of Statistics 

“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.”

Director of Statistics

“Promoting International Comparison in Latin America represented a difficult undertaking. Yonas made a persuasive case and ultimately succeeded. Mr. Biru showed he had the technical knowledge and the managerial skills to work in close relationship with regional and national partners.” 

Africa - The UN for Economic Commission for Africa

Principal Adviser to the UN Undersecretary

“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.” 

CHINA - International Comparison Program (China was a very important country. It was the first time it took part in international economic comparison and the world was anxious to know about the structure of its economy, including consumption patterns, investment levels, public services and its export and import levels)

Director General 

“During the last 4 years, I had many chances working with Mr. Biru on International Comparison issues. Mr. Biru has extensive knowledge of international comparison methodology and strong communication skills, work effectively with program coordinators at Regional and National levels as well as with Regional and Global  Boards.” 

Over two dozen high-level international officials and globally renowned experts provided written testimonials, rejecting the Bank's perjured claims that Biru (1) "lacked international credibility" and (2) "had no management responsibility." The Bank ignored them, deeming their words of praise to Biru too good to be true. Below are sample extracts from 10 of the over two dozen testimonials.

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