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  • Vice President for Eastern and Southern Africa, World Bank
  • World Bank Group // Banque Mondiale


Hafez Ghanem -- who holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Davis -- is Vice President of the World Bank responsible for East and Southern Africa. Prior to that (2015-2018) he was the World Bank’s Vice President responsible for the Middle East and North Africa. During 2012-15 he was a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program of the Brookings Institution. He continues his connection with Brookings as a Nonresident Senior Fellow. During the period 2007-12 he worked at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) as the Assistant Director-General responsible for the Economic and Social Development Department. Prior to joining FAO, he spent twenty-four years on the staff of the World Bank where he started as a research economist and then senior economist in West Africa and later South Asia. In 1995, he moved to Europe and Central Asia where he was Sector Leader for Public Economics and Trade Policy. In 2000, he returned to Africa as Country Director for Madagascar, Comoros, Mauritius and Seychelles. In 2004, he became Country Director for Nigeria. He has many publications in professional journals and was a member of the core team that produced the 1995 World Development Report.