Area of Expertise
Public budgeting and finance
From 2004 to 2007, George Guess was director of research at the Open Society Institute's Local Government and Public Services Reform Initiative in Budapest, Hungary. In 2005 and 2006, he was also acting director of the Master's of Public Policy Program at Central European University. From 1993 to 2004, Guess was a senior public administration specialist at Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) . He has worked for more than 20 years providing technical assistance and training to strengthen and reform central and local government systems. Guess served two years with the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), providing assistance on budget execution and control in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. For the World Bank, he led and served on public expenditure review missions in the former Soviet Union, Africa, and Central America. In 2003 and 2004, he was team leader of the budget and finance team for the USAID-funded DAI local government strengthening project in Romania. During his career, he also designed and delivered public expenditure training courses for the IMF, World Bank, and Joint Vienna Institutes. Guess was a tenured professor of public administration at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He was an OAS Fellow to Costa Rica and a Fulbright Professor twice—once to Uruguay and later in the Central American Research Program to Honduras, Belize, and Costa Rica. He is the author or coauthor of six books, including The Politics of United States Foreign Aid (St. Martins, 1987).