Cox has more than 30 years of experience in international development and is no stranger to East Asia and the Pacific. She has served as World Bank country operations chief in Vietnam, Laos, Malaysia, South Korea and the Philippines, among other countries in the region.
Among Cox’s priority duties in the region would be to oversee the World Bank’s engagement with middle-income country partners and lead efforts to support their further growth.
Cox is also expected to bring to the region the disaster risk management expertise she gained in Latin America and the Caribbean, where she was the World Bank’s vice president in charge for seven years. She was replaced in this post by Hasan Tuluy.
The World Bank has a considerable presence across 22 countries in the region. In her new position, Cox would be managing a $29.7 billion overall lending portfolio, which is expected to increase by at least $6.7 billion this year.
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