World Bank Brazil, meet your new director

A woman will be leading the World Bank’s program in Brazil starting April 2.

The World Bank announced on March 8 that Deborah Wetzel, currently the World Bank Group’s chief of staff in Washington, will be the new World Bank director for Brazil. She will replace Makhtar Diop, who will become the bank’s Vice President for the African region.

Wetzel will be the first woman to lead the bank in Brazil. This, however, will not be her first time in the country. From 2006 to 2009, she was lead economist and leader of the poverty reduction and economic management sector for the Latin America and Carribean region, and was based in Brasilia.

Throughout her career at the bank, which she joined in 1986, Wetzel has worked in Central and Eastern Europe, Ghana, Hungary, Ukraine, Vietnam, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, West Africa and Zambia. She has also authored numerous publications on fiscal decentralization, public finance, governance and subnational affairs.

While in Brasilia, Wetzel developed programs with state and federal governments to help improve the effectiveness of public expenditures and achieve better results. Upon her return to the country, she hopes to continue the bank’s partnership with Brazil, learn from Brazil and help its efforts to “reach the next level for its people.”

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  • Jenny Lei Ravelo

    Jenny Lei Ravelo is a Devex Senior Reporter based in Manila. She covers global health, with a particular focus on the World Health Organization, and other development and humanitarian aid trends in Asia Pacific. Prior to Devex, she wrote for ABS-CBN, one of the largest broadcasting networks in the Philippines, and was a copy editor for various international scientific journals. She received her journalism degree from the University of Santo Tomas.