May 31, 2019 – Mr. Nathan Belete has been appointed as Country Director for
Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Cabo Verde and Mauritania in the Africa Region
of the World Bank. He will replace Mrs. Louise Cord who will complete her
assignment on June 30, 2019 after four successful years of leading the World
Bank’s programme in these countries.
Mr. Belete will visit Dakar from June 18 to 20 to meet with the Senegalese authorities, among others.
Mr. Belete, an Ethiopian national, joined the World Bank in 2000 as a Young Professional and has since held various positions including as an agricultural specialist for the World Bank in China and India, and thereafter as Sector Leader for Sustainable Development in East Africa, Sector Manager for Sustainable Development in Indonesia, and most recently as Practice Manager of the Agriculture Global Practice for the East Asia and Pacific Region.
Among the responsibilities assigned to him by the Vice-President of the Africa Region of the World Bank, Mr. Hafez Ghanem, Mr. Belete’s top priorities will be to (i) oversee the Bank’s policy dialogue and strategic engagements with the respective governments, key stakeholders, and development partners; (ii) facilitate and enhance collaboration with the World Bank Group to achieve the twin goals (End extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity); and iii) effectively lead the country team to identify innovative development solutions for all clients.