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Paul Mitchell

Paul Mitchell is the Manager of the World Bank Development Communication Division.  He has previously managed the Bank wide regional communications network and also has managed the communication work in the South Asia and Africa regions.


He is an internationally recognized expert in development communication with more than 30 years of experience in political risk analysis and management; change management; economic, utility, judicial, and public administrative reform; and also strategic communications, participatory processes, and public consultation. He has led several global consultation processes for major Bank policy reforms, such as the disclosure policy and the development policy lending reform. He has worked in more than 50 countries and more than 150 development projects and programs assisting governments on difficult reform programs and high risk projects.


As a global communications professional, Mr. Mitchell has worked extensively throughout Africa, Central America, South and East Asia, and the Middle East. He leads training workshops for Bank staff and client governments, and lectures frequently on using communications as a tool for international development.


Mr. Mitchell was the head of communications with the United Nations World Food Programme, a major UN agency for 10 years, and was often the chief United Nations spokesperson during global relief operations from 1985-95. Mr. Mitchell began his career as a journalist and has extensive experience in managing communications for the Canadian federal government specializing in anti-trust where he headed communication for the Anti-Combines Bureau, consumer affairs and the environment where he headed communication for Environment Canada. He has worked as head of communication for several for several major national trade unions; for private sectors companies; and for national and provincial political parties in Canada where he also managed the media and communication components for several nation and political campaigns.


He has written and published numerous papers, books and other material on communication and more than 60 films and television programs.  A native of Canada, he speaks English, French and Italian.

Page updated February 2006

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