Cristobal Martin Rico
Chair of the OAC
Cristobal Martin Rico joined the European Space Agency, ESA, in 1999 as Associated Director of Administration and Head of the European Space Research Institute, ESRIN, in Frascati, Italy. In 2002 he moved to the ESA Headquarters in Paris as Head of the Internal Audit, which he later evolved into the Internal Audit and Evaluation Department and led for thirteen years,also covering investigations. In addition he was in charge of the oversight of the ESA Quality Management System. After retirement from ESA he has been continuously serving as a member of the Certification Committee of the IFACI, the French affiliate to the Institute of Internal Auditors, and has supported UNESCO as an expert in Internal Audit.
Prior to joining the European Space Agency he had over a lapse of ten years responsibilities as Chairman or member of the Board in a number of companies in France,Italy,Spain and UK in the industrial sector, while having executive management responsibilities in a large spanish corporation. Education includes a Master of Engineering (Aerospace) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid and a Master of Business Administration by the Instituto de Empresa.
Member of the OAC since 2014
Paul Catchick is the Head of Investigations and Counter-Fraud at Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. He has previously been an investigator with the internal oversight offices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), and the United Nations. Prior to this he worked with the UK government’s Serious Fraud Office and was also seconded to the Sierra Leone Anti-Corruption Commission where he served as its acting director of investigations.
Paul’s work has included investigations into tax fraud, organised crime, money laundering and recovering the resultant illicit profits. Subsequently he worked on various high-profile investigations, including the British Aerospace corruption inquiry. He has led investigations into ministers, senior diplomats and other high-ranking national and international civil servants.
More recently, Paul has focussed on fraud prevention, including assisting national institutions of developing countries to undertake and sustain their own work in this field. He has written and lectured on fraud-related topics and particularly the relationship between conflicts of interest and corruption. Paul holds a doctorate in fraud and corruption within intergovernmental organisations.
Member of the OAC since 2017
Claus Andreasen joined the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in New York in 2000 as Director of the Office of Internal Audit and Investigations. From 2010 until his retirement in 2013 he was Director of the Department of Internal Oversight Services in the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) in the Near East in Amman, Jordan. Prior to joining the UN Claus Andreasen served in the National Audit Office of Denmark and the European Court of Auditors in Luxembourg. He left the Danish National Audit Office in 2000 as Assistant Auditor General.
In his professional work Claus Andreasen has in particular worked with developing audit standards and methodologies for auditing of effectiveness and efficiency of programme and project management in particular in the field of international development assistance. He has been member of a number of audit and oversight committees within the UN system and is currently serving on the audit committee of the Pan American Health Organization, Washington. Claus Andreasen holds a master degree in economics from the University of Copenhagen.
Member of the OAC since 2017
Margareta de Goys is Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor at a Swedish NGO: "Hand in Hand". Margareta de Goys was until April 2015 the Director of the Independent Office for Evaluation of UNIDO and has extensive experience in the field of evaluation. Before joining UNIDO, in 2007, Margareta de Goys worked as a monitoring and evaluation consultant for the Swedish government as well as for UN agencies. She is well versed with results based management and has acted as facilitator of strategic workshops. Furthermore, Margareta de Goys has worked as a manager for projects promoting Women’s entrepreneurship in Morocco and Tunisia.
Ms. de Goys has conducted a large number of evaluations, at strategic, programme and project levels and been evaluation manager and team leader for a number of complex evaluations. These included UNIDO’s contribution to MDGs, UNIDO’s contribution to One UN processes, evaluation of UNIDO’s medium term strategic plan, thematic evaluation of UNIDO’s contribution to poverty reduction and an evaluation of UNIDO’s Global Forum function. She served as the vice-chair of the United Nations Evaluation Group (UNEG) in 2011/12.
Member of the OAC since 2017
Kurt Grüter (1949) was Auditor General of Switzerland and Head of the Swiss Federal Audit Office (SFAO) from 1998 to 2013. The SFAO is the supreme audit institution of the Swiss Confederation. It assists the Parliament and the Federal Government, is independent and is bound only by the Constitution and the law. As Head of the SFAO Kurt Grüter was member of the UN panel of External Auditors, the Governing Board of EUROSAI as well as of Swiss associations.
From 1978 to 1987 Kurt Grüter was Economic Advisor in the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and from 1987 to 1998 he was responsible for the financial planning process of the Federal Administration. In this function he was also responsible for the accounting and reporting system of the Confederation. Controlling, accounting, auditing, performance analysis, corporate planning, principles of economic policy, financial and fiscal policy, governmental and administrative reform and IT projects were the focus in his career.
Since the end of 2013 he is retired. He is now member of the Governing Board of the University Hospital Bern and of the Audit Committee of ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) in Montreal. He is also member of the Audit Committee of the European Audiovisual Observatory in Strasbourg. He serves as President of Zewo Foundation, a standard setting and certification agency of Swiss charities and non-profit organisations. He is senior lecturer in the field of public finance and public financial management at the Universities of Zurich, St-Gall and Bern.
Kurt Grüter performed Compliance Audits in the Swiss Defense Ministry and in the Finance Ministry of the Cantonal Government of Lucerne.
Kurt Grüter is a graduate of the University of St-Gall (Switzerland) with a master’s degree in economic sciences (lic. oec.). His mother language is German. He speaks fluently French and English.