Chrik Poortman

Senior Adviser, Transparency International

Christiaan (Chrik) Poortman is senior adviser at Transparency International (TI) which is a global coalition against corruption. He is currently the chair of the board of the Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (CoST). CoST is a global multi-stakeholder initiative, aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in construction of public infrastructure.

Mr. Poortman is a member of the board of Transparency International USA which is the national chapter of the TI movement in the United States. Mr. Poortman is a member of the board of the Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) which supports citizens and civil society organisations around the world in their fight against corruption in the public sector.

Mr. Poortman is also a member of the steering group of the Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) which is an initiative to promote norms and practices for increased disclosure and participation in public contracting worldwide. Mr. Poortman was, until 2010 the director of global programmes at Transparency International Secretariat (TI-S) in Berlin – managing and guiding TI’s programme of global priorities in its fight against corruption.

Until 2006, Mr Poortman was working at the World Bank in Washington DC, as regional vice president for the Middle East and North Africa. Before that, he was country director for South East Europe during which time he oversaw the World Bank’s assistance programs in the Balkans, including the post-war reconstruction activities in Bosnia Herzegovina and Kosovo. Much of Mr. Poortman’s early career at the World Bank was devoted to Sub-Saharan Africa in a number of different assignments, including as the World Bank’s country manager in Zimbabwe.

Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Poortman worked as an economist in the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in Swaziland.