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World Bank Group Geneva Office

In line with World Bank Group (WBG) priorities, the Geneva Office focuses on the following key areas of engagement: international trade, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, social protection and labor, health and nutritionand education. Geneva being a global hub for humanitarian, disaster risk reduction and peace-building coordination, WBG Geneva Office spearheads the WBG’s engagement in the humanitarian-development nexus agenda.

In addition, it maintains a watching brief in other significant Geneva policy areas where the WBG has an active role including migration, environment, water, fragile and conflict states, and human rights.

The Geneva office sustains trusted dialogues and close working relations with the World Trade Organization (WTO), International Labor Organization (ILO), World Meteorological Organization (WMO – related to climate, weather and water issues), UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), World Health Organization (WHO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the Geneva offices of the other humanitarian agencies (e.g., UNICEF, OCHA, WFP, FAO, etc.).

It also works with Geneva-based international NGOs and private sector organizations, including the World Economic Forum and the Red Cross Movement (both ICRC and IFRC). In close coordination with other World Bank units and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), WBG Geneva seeks to inject WBG ideas into global policy debates through the activities and deliberations of Geneva-based multilateral agencies. It aims to leverage the WBG’s reputation as a reliable source of progressive and objective analysis of ways to reduce poverty and promote sustainable development. It also seeks to engage with the national delegations accredited to international agencies in support of in-country dialogue on policy.

Finally, the WBG Geneva Office, in close collaboration with the New York and Washington DC Offices supports the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda.

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  • Trade discussions with the World Trade Organization (WTO), UNCTAD and the International Trade Center (ITC) as well numerous civil society organizations.
    Specifically, the Geneva office:
    • Monitors key developments in the current round of trade negotiations,
    • Assesses the potential implications for country constituents,
    • Liaises with agencies producing data as a global public good,
    • Communicates the Bank’s analysis on critical issues in four areas of trade policy:
      • The Doha multilateral round,
      • Aid for Trade,
      • The Enhanced Integrated Framework for LDCs,
      • Trade facilitation

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World Bank’s CEO Kristalina Georgieva Participates in Panel Discussion “Beyond the Grand Bargain, Two Years On.”

March 7, 2018 - Panelists included Mr. Michael Moller, Director General of the UN Office in Geneva; Mr. Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Norwegian Refugee Council; Mr. Thomas Zahneisen, Director of Humanitarian Assistance of the German Federal Foreign Office; Mr. Antonio Hautle, Executive Director and Network Representative of the Global Compact Network; and Mrs. Suraya Dalil, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to the United Nations.



 

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World Bank Group Geneva Office Team

The World Bank Group Geneva Office is headed by Jos Verbeek, Special Representative to the UN and the WTO.

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Jos Verbeek

Jos Verbeek


Special Representative to the UN and the WTO


Jos Verbeek is the World Bank’s Special Representative to the United Nations and the World Trade Organization in Geneva where he is responsible for managing the World Bank’s relations with the WTO and the Geneva-based UN agencies, including Member governments, and other Geneva-based stakeholders.

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David Evans


Lead Economist, Health


David supports the work of the World Bank Group (WBG) to assist countries to develop and implement health financing strategies in the quest for universal health coverage. Working as part of the Financing Global Solution Area in the Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, his work focuses largely on countries associated with the Global Financing Facility in Support of Every Woman Every Child. Before joining the WBG, David worked as an academic economist in Australia and Singapore, and then as a health financing and economics expert in the World Health Organization, most recently as the Director of the Department of Health Systems Governance and Financing. David can be contacted on +41 22-748-000 or at devans4@worldbank.org.

Lobna Hadji


International Affairs Officer


Lobna supports the World Bank Group (WBG)’s in the area of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. More specifically, she focuses on strengthening the political and strategic engagement of the WBG in the humanitarian-development nexus. She is currently the WBG focal point for the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) and the Grand Bargain. Prior to joining the WBG, Lobna worked on issues related to refugee and Gender Based Violence. She can be contacted on +41 22 748 1018 or at lhadji@worldbankgroup.org.

Daniel Kull


Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist


Daniel Kull is serving in the GFDRR Hydromet team where, among other activities, he manages the institutional relationship with the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS). He is also a member of the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia (ECA) regional DRM team, where he is leading and/or involved with a number of hydromet operations, and he further represents the World Bank Group in the Geneva humanitarian community. Before joining the World Bank/GFDRR, Mr. Kull worked in various DRM roles for the IFRC, IIASA, SDC, UNISDR Africa, Swiss Re, ETH Zurich, and USACE HEC. A dual Swiss-American national, Mr. Kull holds a MSc in Water Resource Engineering from the University of California (Davis) and a BSc in Civil Engineering from Union College. Daniel can be contacted on +41 22 748 10 15 or at dkull@worldbank.org.

Anne Le Garrec


Program Assistant


Anne Le Garrec is in charge of office support such as schedules, travel arrangements, Video conferencing coordination and information technology. Anne can be contacted on +41 22-748-1000 or at alegarrec@worldbankgroup.org.

Kent Ranson


Senior Economist, Health


Kent supports the WBG's continual work towards universal health coverage: as a member of the Results Based Financing team, he is initially focusing on the impact evaluation of RBF projects in Armenia, Haiti, Kenya and Rwanda. Kent will be based in the Geneva office and on occasion will represent the WBG at meetings with Geneva-based organizations. Most recently, Kent has spent more than six years working at the World Health Organization. Kent can be contacted on +41 22-748-1023 or at mranson@worldbank.org.

Isabelle Taylor


Senior Executive Assistant


Isabelle Taylor is in charge of Resource Management, Events, Human Resources, and Information Technology matters. Isabelle can be contacted on +41 22-748-1016 or at itaylor@worldbankgroup.org.

Ferran Perez Ribo

Ferran Perez Ribo


International Affairs Officer


Ferran supports the Special Representative in strengthening the WBG high-level political, strategic, and operational partnerships with the UN and other specialized institutions in Geneva, with a focus on the implementation of the 2030 Development Agenda / Sustainable Development Goals. He also supports the strengthening of the humanitarian-development nexus and the engagement with the private sector. Before joining the WBG, Ferran worked for more than 6 years with the UN development system on issues related to local governance and local development, with assignments in Burundi, Ecuador and Myanmar, as well as supporting various intergovernmental processes. Ferran can be contacted on +41 22 748 10 24 or at fperezribo@worldbank.org.

Jedediah Fix

Jedediah Fix


Economist


Jed supports the WBG's work in the area of universal health coverage. As a member of the Financing Global Solutions Group, he is helping to organize the 2017 Annual UHC Financing Forum and supports analytical and operational work on health financing in Nigeria and other transitional countries. Previously, Jed spent two years as an impact evaluation field coordinator for the WBG’s Results Based Financing program in Senegal. Jed can be contacted on +41 22 748 10 40 or at jfix@worldbank.org.

Pierre Sauvé

Pierre Sauvé


Senior Private Sector Specialist


Pierre lead-coordinates the WBG’s engagement with Geneva-based trade- and investment-related institutions and stakeholders. He also represents the Bank at various Committees of the OECD aligned with the portfolio of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Pierre can be contacted on +41 22 748 10 22 or at psauve@worldbank.org.

Geoff Adlide

Geoff Adlide


Advocacy and Communications, Global Partnership for Education


Geoff heads the Advocacy and Communications work of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and, as a member of the Leadership Team, is GPE’s senior representative in Europe. He works closely with GPE partners and stakeholders in Europe promoting political and financial support for global education financing, with a particular focus in 2017 on the GPE replenishment. Geoff can be contacted on +41 22 748 10 29 or at gadlide@globalpartnership.org.

 

WBG Geneva Office Location

World Bank Group External and Corporate Relations, Geneva Office
3 Chemin Louis-Dunant
Post Office Box 66
CH 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Phone: +41-22-748-1000
Email: itaylor@worldbankgroup.org
Download: WBG Geneva Office Access Map