World Bank appoints new Country Director for Eastern Africa

World Bank has appointed Mr Keith Hansen as the new Country Director for the Eastern Africa. the appointee is responsible for countries, Uganda, Rwanda, Somalia, and Kenya effective September 8, 2020.

Hansen, who will be based in Nairobi, Kenya, takes over from Mr. Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, who has been appointed the Vice President for the Latin America and the Caribbean in the same institution

A statement released by the World Bank indicates that Mr. Hansen, who has over 30 years of experience, will lead an active multi-country portfolio consisting of over 100 projects spread around energy, COVID-19, education, and agriculture among other sectors in the four countries, totaling more than US$13 billion. 

‘’Under Hansen’s leadership, the World Bank will work closely with the four countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with a specific emphasis on COVID-19 recovery’’  reads the statement by World Bank.

His appointment comes at a time when the governments of Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda are confronting both the immediate and longer-term health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Hansen has a strong track record of serving clients in different capacities around the globe, including in Africa, Latin American, and the Caribbean. 

Prior to this new assignment, he was the Vice President for Global Practice Solutions, Vice President and Director for Human Development, Sector Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population; with his most recent assignment being Senior Advisor in the Office of the World Bank Chief Executive Officer. 

Keith Hansen, an American national, holds a Law Degree from Stanford University, a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University.

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