Q&A: Allow employees to make mistakes

Santiago Levy, former vice president of sectors and knowledge at the Inter-American Development Bank. Photo by: Brangelina Clawson / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

WASHINGTON — Santiago Levy wants the Inter-American Development Bank to be the best development institution in Latin America and the Caribbean, and fostering top talent is a big part of that plan.

The now-retired vice president of sectors and knowledge served 10 years at the bank. Levy said he stressed the importance of treating people with respect and honesty to create a work environment in which people work their hardest.

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    Teresa Welsh is a reporter with Devex based in Washington, D.C. Prior to joining Devex, Teresa wrote about Latin America from McClatchy's Washington Bureau and covered foreign affairs for U.S. News and World Report. She worked as a reporter in Colombia, where she previously lived teaching English. Teresa earned bachelor of arts degrees in journalism and Latin American studies from the University of Wisconsin.