15 Jun 2021

Sam Bartlett becomes new director for U4 at CMI

Sam Bartlett is employed as director for the U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre (U4) at Chr. Michelsen Institute (CMI) from 1 October 2021.

"It is a privilege to join such an accomplished and respected organisation," says Sam Bartlett. "Developing countries face an extraordinarily challenging public health and development outlook. Poor, disadvantaged and marginalised communities are especially vulnerable. Corruption is a major hinderance in renewed efforts to promote openness, social justice, equality and sustainability. U4 has an outstanding track record in bringing critical thinking and academic rigour to these complex challenges. I am looking forward to working with U4’s staff, supporters and stakeholders in further advancing this important work."

Bartlett comes from the position as Technical Director at Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) where he has been a member of the Senior Management Team for the past decade. He has worked for EITI since 2007, contributing to its expansion into a world-leading example of multi-stakeholder governance.

"We are very pleased to have Sam Bartlett join our team. Through his twenty years of experience in governance and anti-corruption projects and working in diverse contexts in Asia and Africa, he brings valuable perspectives to CMI, and specifically to CMI’s U4 Anti-Corruption Resource Centre," says Ottar Mæstad, CMI Director.

With a PhD in environmental economics as a foundation, Bartlett has transitioned in recent years from expert roles involving detailed economic and policy analysis to leading teams on large projects. His broad experience including multi-disciplinary research, impact evaluation, financial and human resource management, and outreach and implementation work matches what U4 needs.

Currently, U4 prepares to enter its third decade in operation – embarking on a new strategic period from 2022. The centre’s staff combine research and evidence, communication and education, policy and practice, to improve the U4 partners’ understanding of corruption and how to counter it. U4’s funding partners are the bilateral aid agencies and foreign affairs ministries of Canada, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK.