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.

Latest Articles

Opinion: 800 million reasons why disability is a key development issue
20 Feb 2019

Eight hundred million people with disabilities live in developing countries. Interim President of the World Bank Group and CEO of the World Bank Kristalina Georgieva weighs in on making disability inclusion the norm rather than the exception.

Opinion: Building a better way to dismantle the world's '10th country'
7 Mar 2018

Two years into the "Grand Bargain," World Bank Chief Executive Officer Kristalina Georgieva weighs in on the progress — and promise — of the global commitment.

The humanitarian funding gap is a problem that can be solved
26 Jan 2016

Never before has our generosity been so insufficient, write co-chairs of the U.N. High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, Kristalina Georgieva and Sultan Nazrin Shah, in this guest column. How can we solve the humanitarian financing gap?

Empower women to build a better future
27 Mar 2014

If it's true that women hold up half the sky, then it's even truer that girls hold up half the future, argues Kristalina Georgieva, the EU's top humanitarian, in this exclusive guest opinion.