MINSK, 30 June (BelTA) – Dr. Arup Banerji has been appointed the World Bank Country Director for Belarus, Moldova, and Ukraine, joining the position on 1 July 2020, BelTA learned from the World Bank's Belarus Country Office.
In this position, Mr. Banerji will lead the Bank's engagement with governments, stakeholders, and partners in all three countries. He will oversee the delivery and implementation of the pipeline, portfolio, and knowledge products, and guide the future direction of the programs. Arup Banerji will work with the World Bank's sister institutions – IFC and MIGA, to strengthen World Bank Group delivery in Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine.
Prior to the current appointment Mr. Banerji, an Indian national, was the Regional Country Director for the European Union (EU), overseeing World Bank's operational, strategy and knowledge work in the EU member states. Previously, as Senior Director and Head of the Global Practice for Social Protection, Labor and Jobs at the World Bank, he oversaw the Bank's global work on jobs, social safety nets, and pensions.
Prior to joining the World Bank in 1998, Mr. Banerji taught at the Center for Development Economics at Williams College, Massachusetts, USA, where he was the Director of Graduate Studies, and at University of Pennsylvania, USA. He holds a Ph.D. and a Master's degree in Economics from University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Delhi, India.
Before this appointment, Ms. Satu Kahkonen served as Country Director for Belarus, Moldova and Ukraine from July 2016. Ms. Kahkonen was appointed Country Director for Indonesia and Timor-Leste in February 2020.