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Graham Teskey

Principal Global Lead, Governance

Graham Teskey Graham Teskey
Graham Teskey, based in Canberra, Australia, is the leader of Abt Associates’ Global Governance practice. He serves as a resource on the governance aspects of international development, leads or supports engagement with major clients, and is building Abt’s thought leadership and reputational capital in governance.

Before joining Abt, Teskey was the principal governance specialist for the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), where his role was to advise DFAT on its governance and public sector programs in the international aid program.

Prior to moving to Canberra, Teskey was senior adviser and head of the Governance and Anti-Corruption Secretariat Governance at the World Bank. He was responsible for the preparation and drafting of the World Bank’s 2012 Governance and Anti-Corruption Strategy.

Before joining the World Bank, Teskey spent 16 years with U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) and enjoyed postings to Fiji, Kenya, and Uganda. In 1996 he helped establish DFID’s Governance and Institutions Department. His last two DFID Senior Civil Service posts were in London as Head of Africa Policy Department and Head of Governance and Social Development. Teskey was one of the key contributors to the U.K.’s 2006 Development White Paper, “Making Governance Work for the Poor.”

He began his career as an economist in the Central Planning Office in Fiji, which was followed by appointments in the National Planning and Statistics Office in Vanuatu, in the Rukwa region of southwest Tanzania with the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation, and a lectureship teaching development studies at the University of Bradford in the U.K.

Teskey holds a first class honors degree in Economics from the University of Newcastle, and post-graduate degrees in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Manchester and in Business Administration from the University of London.