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World Bank Chief of Staff addresses SOAS students

16 May 2014

Yvonne Tsikata, Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of the President of the World Bank, addressed SOAS students to discuss the relevancy of the World Bank how it is striving to position itself for a post-2015 world.

Last year, the World Bank announced two new goals: to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030 and to promote shared prosperity of the bottom 40 percent in every country. To achieve these goals, the World Bank is undertaking its most ambitious restructuring in a generation, implementing its first organization-wide strategy, boosting its lending power and initiating major structural reforms.

The World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of development knowledge and funding.  Governed by 188 member countries, it delivers programmes from 120 offices across the globe with nearly 15,000 staff.

Yvonne Tsikata is a Ghanaian national, and joined the World Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional in the Asia region. Since then, she has held several positions in country operations, research and evaluation, gaining exposure to various roles and regions. Tsikata is the author of several publications on trade, macroeconomics and development policy, the latest on regional integration in the Oxford Handbook on African Economies, and holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania) and New York University.

The event was co-hosted by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, and Department of Development Studies.