Europe and Central Asia Region
Shigeo Katsu joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1979, and soon moved to the Western Africa Projects Department as an economist, first in the Energy, Water & Telecom Division, and later in the Water Supply & Urban Division. In 1985, he was appointed the Bank's Resident Representative in Benin until fall 1989. Between fall 1989 and end 1991, Mr. Katsu was seconded to the Export-Import Bank of Japan as Deputy Director, Country Economic Policy Analysis Department. Between 1992 and 1995, Mr. Katsu served as Principal Operations Officer for the Industry & Energy Operations Division, China Department, East Asia & Pacific Region, and subsequently was appointed Chief, and then Country Director, of the Bank's Regional Mission in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire. Mr. Katsu assumed the position of Regional Director, Operations in 1999 where his responsibilities broadly consisted of assisting in the management of the ECA Region’s operations, and serving as the regional liaison with the corporate center. He assumed responsibility as Vice President of the ECA Region on August 1, 2003.