Neil Watkins "is the Executive Director of Jubilee USA Network, an alliance of 75 religious denominations, development agencies, and human rights groups building the political will for poor country debt cancellation and more responsible lending by international financial institutions. Prior to becoming Jubilee's director in January 2005, Neil led Jubilee's outreach and communications work. From 2000-2003, he coordinated campaigns for debt cancellation and World Bank reform at the Center for Economic Justice. From 1998-2000, Neil was a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Preamble Center in Washington, where he authored several papers on the impact of IMF and trade policies on Africa and Latin America. He is a frequent commentator on debt and development issues on radio, TV, and in print media. Neil holds a degree in International Affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with a minor in African Studies. He spent a year in Dakar, Senegal studying and working on issues of debt and development in 1996-97. Neil testified before the House Financial Services Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health in 2007."