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Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva is interim president of the World Bank Group and chief executive officer of the World Bank. As interim president, Georgieva drives the World Bank Group's efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity around the world. As CEO for the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association since January 2017, she has built support across the international community to mobilize resources for poor and middle-income countries and to create better opportunities for the world's most vulnerable people. Previously, Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, helped shape the agenda of the European Union, first as commissioner for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, managing one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budgets, and later as vice president for budget and human resources, in charge of the European Union's €161 billion (US $175bn) budget and 33,000 staff around the world. Before joining the European Commission, Georgieva held multiple positions at the World Bank, including, most recently, vice president and corporate secretary (2008-2010), and from 2007 to 2008, director for sustainable development in charge of 60 percent of the World Bank's policy and lending operations.