Pamela Cox was appointed World Bank East Asia and Pacific Regional Vice President on January 1, 2012. She oversees a portfolio of over US$30 billion in loans, grants, credits and trust funds, coordinating and supervising the activities of more than 1,000 staff.
Ms. Cox leads the World Bank’s strategy in the region which supports countries by addressing four shared challenges: natural disasters; poverty and equality; infrastructure and urbanization; and making governments work for people. Despite the region's success in reducing poverty, about a half billion people are still living on less than US$2 a day. The Bank’s goal is to help countries improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable by delivering innovative development solutions and results on the ground.
Before her appointment to East Asia and the Pacific, Ms. Cox served as Regional Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) from January 2005. In LAC, Ms. Cox guided a strategic shift to reposition the Bank as a key development partner among diverse clients seeking a variety of knowledge and financial services. She also helped countries confront the challenges of reducing high levels of poverty and inequality while increasing economic growth and improving infrastructure. Disaster risk management was also a priority issue in the region which has experienced billions of dollars in damages and losses from natural disasters in the last 3 decades.
Ms. Cox has previous experience working in East Asia and Pacific since joining the Bank in 1980. From 1994-1996, she was Chief of the Country Operations Division in East Asia covering Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Korea. She also served as Chief of the Agriculture and Environment Operations Division from 1992 to 1994 in the region. During that period, she was involved in the re-engagement of Vietnam and Cambodia with the Bank.
Earlier in her career, she was a Bank economist working on agricultural and environmental issues in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. From 2000 to 2004, Ms. Cox was Director of Strategy and Operations in the Office of the Vice President for Africa. She served as Country Director for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland from 1996 to 2000.
Ms. Cox is a United States citizen and holds a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Development Economics and Policy and a Master of Arts degree in Law and Diplomacy and Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in International Studies/International Economics from Reed College in Portland, Oregon.
Updated May 15, 2012