SOAS University of London

Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy

Q&A with World Bank Chief of Staff Yvonne Tsikata

Yvonne Tsikata
Yvonne Tsikata

Date: 8 May 2014Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 8 May 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4426

Type of Event: 0

All welcome. No registration required.

New goals, new structure; ensuring the World Bank is relevant for the post-2015 world

Talk followed by Q&A

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.

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.

World Bank Chief of Staff Yvonne Tsikata speaks about these issues and how the World Bank Group will striving to position itself for a post-2015 world.

Yvonne Tsikata  Bio

Yvonne Tsikata is the Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of the President of the World Bank.
Ms. 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.

Prior to joining the President’s office in September 2013, Ms. Tsikata was Director of Economic Policy in the Europe and Central Asia region. She previously managed economic and poverty reduction operations in West and Central Africa, and served as Country Director for the Caribbean in the Latin America region. She served as the World Bank’s point person on the response to Haiti’s earthquake. Her experience includes East and South Asia as well.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms.Tsikata taught monetary theory and macroeconomic theory at New York University. She also worked for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris and at the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki.

Ms. 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.

Ms. Tsikata holds degrees from Bryn Mawr College (Pennsylvania) and New York University.

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