Announcements


Launch Date : Aug 21, 2019
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​​​Dear colleagues,  

I wrote on August 2, 2019 regarding Kristalina Georgieva's decision to take a leave of absence following her nomination as a candidate for the position of Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. During this time, she has temporarily relinquished her responsibilities as CEO of the World Bank. I am grateful to Manuela Ferro and Hart Schafer for acting over the past few weeks and to Ceyla Pazarbasioglu for agreeing to act from August 24th to September 1st.  

Today, I am pleased to inform you that Axel van Trotsenburg will act as World Bank CEO from September 2nd for the rest of Kristalina's leave of absence. I am also pleased to announce that Philippe Le Houé​rou, in addition to his responsibilities as IFC CEO, has agreed to co-chair with Dr. Antoinette Sayeh the remaining steps in the 19th IDA replenishment. I have the greatest confidence that Philippe, working closely with Axel, Manuela, Akihiko Nishio and myself, will help secure a successful IDA replenishment, building on the progress made to date.  

I hope you are all enjoying a good summer, including time off with family and f​riends. I look forward to updating you on upcoming priorities, the IDA replenishment and other Bank Group matters at an all-staff townhall at 9.30 am on September 11.

Regards,

David Malpass
World Bank Group President



Launch Date : Aug 20, 2019
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Launch Date : Aug 20, 2019
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I am are pleased to announce the appointment of the following Practice Managers for the Agriculture and Food Global Engagement; Urban, Disaster Risk and Land Global Practice; Operations Unit and Regional units in the Sustainable Development Practice Group (GGSVP).

Shobha Shetty, Practice Manager for Africa 2

 

Ms. Shetty, an Indian national, joined the Bank in 1995 as a Young Professional.  She has since held various positions, including Sector Leader in the Africa region; Practice Manager for the Agriculture and Food Global Practice in the South Asia region. Her most recent assignment is Practice Manager for Partnerships and Resource Mobilization in the Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice.

Holger Kray, Practice Manager for Africa 3

 

Mr. Kray, a German national, joined the Bank in 2005 as a Senior Sector Economist in the Europe and Central Asia Environment and Social Sustainable division. He has since held various positions, including Lead Operations Officer for Europe and Central Asia Agriculture division and Lead Agriculture Economist for the Latin America and Caribbean Agriculture division. His most recent assignment is Lead Agriculture Economist in the Agriculture Global Practice for the Africa region.

Chakib Jenane, Practice Manager for Africa 4 and Middle East and North Africa


Mr. Jenane, a Moroccan national, joined the Bank in 2014 as a Senior Agribusiness Specialist in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice for the Africa region. His most recent assignment is Lead Agriculture Economist in the Agriculture Global Practice for the South Asia region. Prior to joining the Bank, he was Chief of the Agro-Industry Technology Unit and Deputy-Director of the Agribusiness Branch within the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna, Austria. As part of UNIDO’s management team, he served as the Organization’s leader responsible for conceptualizing and implementing the Unit’s strategy for agro-industrial development.

Dina Umali-Deininger, Practice Manager for East Asia and Pacific

 

Ms Umali-Deininger, a Filipino national, joined the Bank in 1997 as Agriculture Economist in the South Asia region Rural Development division.  She has since held various positions, including Lead Agriculture Economist/ Country Sector Coordinator in the South Asia region for the Agriculture and Rural Development Program; and Practice Manager in the Water and Agriculture Global Practices for the Europe and Central Asia region. Her most recent assignment is Practice Manager for the Agriculture and Food Global Practice for the Africa region.

Frauke Jungbluth, Practice Manager for Europe and Central Asia

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Ms. Jungbluth, a German national, joined the Bank in 1999 as a Young Professional. She has since held various positions, including Senior Rural Development Economist in the Africa and Europe and Central Asia and South Asia regions in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice, including field assignments in Mozambique and Bangladesh. Her most recent assignment is Lead Agriculture Economist in the Agriculture and Food Global Practice in the East Asia and Pacific region, based in Manila, Philippines. 

In their new position, the top three priorities for Mr. Kray, Ms. Jungbluth, Mr. Jenane, Ms. Umali-Deininger and Ms. Shetty will be to: (i) lead the Agriculture and Food GP strategic dialogue and engagement strategy with selected clients in the respective Regions; (ii) manage the Agriculture and Food GP staff in his/her unit and guide them in their career development, and (iii) contribute as a member of the Agriculture and Food GP management team and the respective regional Sustainable Development management teams to overall strategy development, program delivery, and knowledge management of the Agriculture and Food GP and the respective SD Departments in the Regions.

Julian Lampietti, Practice Manager for the Global Engagement Unit

 

Mr. Lampietti, a U.S. national, joined the Bank in 1992 as a Research Assistant in the East Asia and Pacific region.  He has since held various positions, including Lead Economist in Europe and Central Asia and Middle and North Africa regions and Program Leader in the Latin America and Caribbean region covering the Southern Cone.  His most recent assignment is Practice Manager for the Agriculture and Food Global Practice in the Europe and Central Asia, as well as Middle East and North Africa regions.

In this new position Mr. Lampietti’s top three priorities will be to:  (i) lead the Agriculture and Food GP’s engagement on global issues and promote development and sharing of knowledge with external and internal partners; (ii) ensure highest level of service orientation for quality enhancement for operations and trust funds, learning, knowledge management, safeguards and information and technology services in the Agriculture and Food GP; and (iii) manage the Agriculture and Food GP staff in his unit and guide them in their career development

Maitreyi Das, Practice Manager for Urban and Disaster Risk Global Unit

 

Ms. Das, an Indian national, joined the Bank in 2003 as a Consultant in the Social Protection Anchor.  In the Bank, she held various positions including as Senior Social Protection Specialist, and Lead Social Development Specialist in different units, including in the SAR region and in the Water Global Practice.  She has also been Global Lead for Social Inclusion. Her most recent assignment was as Practice Manager, Global Programs in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience GP.

In this new position Ms. Das’ top three priorities will be to: (i) work closely with other Practice Managers, Global Leads, Global Solutions Groups to identify and incubate innovative and high-quality development-solutions, and promote the generation and flow of knowledge to serve our clients in urban and territorial development, disaster risk management, resilience and land, including through her strategic guidance and management of the Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC) and the Global Program of Results-Based Approaches (GPRBA); (ii) nurture, lead, inspire and deploy a team of highly qualified professionals, working collaboratively within the GP and with other GPs and Global Themes, the Regions, IFC, MIGA, to help deliver the best solutions for our clients locally and globally; and (iii) work closely with the Global Director on resource mobilization, developing and maintaining external partnerships with key partners and stakeholders, and oversight of implementation of corporate mandates and strategic priorities in the areas of urban, resilience and land.

Hoveida Nobakht, Practice Manager for Sustainable Development Operations Unit

 

Ms. Nobakht, an Iranian-American national, was the Practice Manager, Strategy and Operations in the Environment and Natural Resources Global Practice. She joined the Bank's Population, Health and Nutrition technical department of Africa region in 1997. Her career spans various operational and management positions in GPSOS, OPCS, Middle East and North Africa region, the World Bank Institute, and the Learning and Leadership Center.

In her new position, Ms. Nobakht's three top priorities will be: (i) active management of the SD portfolio quality, risks, and corporate commitments; (ii) strengthening the network of SD operational staff for better cross-fertilization and career development; and (iii) contributing to operational corporate initiatives through representing SD in the Operations Board.

 

Ms. Das, Mr. Lampietti, Ms. Nobakht, Ms. Shetty, and Ms. Umali-Deininger were selected to these positions through the Bank-wide managerial strategic reassignment process. Mr. Kray, Ms. Jungbluth, and Mr. Jenane were selected to these positions through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process.  The appointments of Ms. Das and Ms. Nobakht were effective July 1, 2019.  Ms Shetty’s is effective August 26th, 2019.  The appointments of Ms. Jungbluth, Mr. Kray, and Mr. Lampietti are effective September 1st, 2019.  Mr. Jenane and Ms. Umali-Deininger’s appointments are effective October 15th, 2019.

 

Laura Tuck
Vice-President
Sustainable Development


Launch Date : Aug 19, 2019
Description :

The World Bank Treasury Public Debt Management Advisory has published the Learning and Training note Assessing and Managing Credit Risk from Contingent Liabilities - A Focus on Government Guarantees.

This publication serves as a background note to the training course "Assessing and managing credit risk from contingent liabilities – A focus on government guarantees." The course and the publication support government risk managers in improving technical capacity for managing fiscal risks from contingent liabilities, particularly government guarantees. The course introduces a broad risk management framework for fiscal risks, discusses various types of contingent liabilities, and then focuses on identifying, analyzing, quantifying, and managing credit risk from government guarantees.

For any questions, please contact Public Debt Management Advisory


Launch Date : Aug 19, 2019
Description :

​​​The FY20 Objective Setting form is now available for staff to input their individual and professional development objectives for supervisor review and approval. September 30, 2019 is the WBG-wide completion deadline. Staff can update their objectives at any time during the year until the end-year evaluation begins. Type "eperformance" in your browser to get started.  To get a brief overview of the process, click HERE​ or go to the performance website to learn more.

Following the objective setting exercise, staff and supervisors are encouraged to make time for periodic check-in conversations to discuss progress in achieving agreed performance objectives, feedback received,  as well as potential areas for growth and development. ​

Please contact your HR Business Partner or HR Operations hroperations@worldbank.org, (x32222) for any questions.



Launch Date : Aug 16, 2019
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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Aart Kraay as Director, Development Research Group (DECRG) in the Development Economics VPU.

 

Mr. Kraay, a Canadian national, joined the Bank in 1995 as a Young Professional in the Policy Research Department.   He has since held various positions, his most recent assignment being a Senior Advisor in the Macroeconomics & Growth Unit in DECRG.

 

In his new position Mr. Kraay’s top three priorities will be:  (i) develop a program of research that reflects the interests and needs of the development community and, within the Bank, operational Regions and the central specialist groups (Global Practices), including engaging with the Research Committee on future directions; (ii) foster and strengthen collaboration between DEC and the rest of the Bank, particularly operations; and (iii) provide inputs on selected policy papers or analytic products at the request of senior management, including the Director of Development Policy and the Chief Economist.

 

Mr. Kraay was selected to this position through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process. His appointment is effective September 1.

 

 

Penny Goldberg

Vice-President and Chief Economist


Launch Date : Aug 16, 2019
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I am pleased to announce the appointment of Feng Zhao as Practice Manager, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Engagement, in the Human Development Practice Group.

Mr. Feng Zhao, a Chinese national, is currently a Program Leader in the Europe and Central Asia Region Human Development Department. Mr. Zhao joined the Bank in 2003 as a Health Specialist in the Africa Region Human Development Department. He has since held various positions, including as TTL for the HNP programs in several countries. He also served as Health Manager for the African Development Bank from 2011 to 2014 under an external service arrangement.

In his new position, Mr. Feng Zhao's top three priorities will be (i) contribute to shaping the strategy and vision of the Bank's HNP programs in the context of the Bank-wide priorities and delivery structures; (ii) oversee and facilitate the implementation of global engagement programs and partnerships; and (iii) develop, manage and motivate staff to deliver high-quality products and services to internal and external clients.

Mr. Feng Zhao was selected to this position through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process. His appointment is effective September 1, 2019​.


Annette Dixon

Vice-President

Human Development Practice Group



Launch Date : Aug 15, 2019
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Launch Date : Aug 14, 2019
Description :

​​In FY20, Corporate Procurement will launch WBGeProcure – a new procure-to-contract solution for corporate procurement transactions including supplier identification, vendor creation and management, sourcing, contract execution, contract management, and reporting and analytics. Phase 1 of WBGeProcure includes the replacement of the Vendor Management System and eConsultant2.

Benefits of the new system include:

  • improved system availability and reliability
  • an integrated procure-to-contract solution that enhances data integrity and information flow across modules
  • integration with SAP allowing for real-time data lookup and validation
  • systematization of current manual processes
  • convenient on-screen tool tips to enhance user navigation and experience

In the coming months, Corporate Procurement will reach out across the Bank Group to prepare system users for the changes to their individual roles and activities.

If you have questions, please contact gprocurement@worldbank.org.

 



Launch Date : Aug 14, 2019
Description :

After a competitive procurement process, we are pleased to announce that Restaurant Associates (RA) has been awarded the contract for Food and Catering Services at HQ.

Based on feedback received from food surveys and focus groups, starting in September staff will see menu and offering changes as well as some physical changes to the MC, I, J, C and IFC cafeterias. 

While many favorites will remain, some new menu highlights include a Mediterranean station that focuses on healthy eating in the MC, an Illy Coffee Bar with artisanal coffee beverages and premium tea and nutritious smoothies in the J, the staff favorite noodle bowl offered on a more regular basis in the I, a new C-bistro station offering a seasonal inspired menu in the C, and a 100% vegan/vegetarian station in the IFC.

In addition, staff interested in wellness will find increased nutritional labeling for the majority of café items as well as an in house registered dietitian offering educational programs on healthful eating.

To see more details of the changes go to http://food/

If you have any questions or comments, please email foodservices@worldbank.org​.