Ghana gets New World Bank Country Director

Mr Henry Kerali has been appointed the new World Bank Country Director for Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, effective July 1, 2015, a statement from the World Bank said Wednesday.

Under this new dispensation, his top three priorities will be to work closely with the three partner countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with a specific emphasis on post-Ebola recovery.

He will also manage the Accra office and lead and support staff and the country management team, working closely with internal and external partners, to enhance results and to contribute to regional and corporate initiatives.

Mr, Kerali, a Ugandan national, joined the Bank in 2003 in the Infrastructure & Energy Department in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region.

Before joining the Bank, he was a Professor at the University of Birmingham, England, specializing in the development of transport infrastructure.

He led the research of developed economic cost-benefit models for assessing the feasibility of infrastructure investments and holds a BSc (Eng.) from Makerere University, and MSc and PhD from the University of Birmingham, UK.

Prior to taking up this new appointment, Mr Kerali was the World Bank’s Regional Director for the South Caucasus, based in Georgia, and had previously also worked in different regions of the world including Latin America, Africa, East Asia, South Asia, and ECA, and has also served as Sector Manager of the Bank’s transport programme in the ECA Region.

He is married with three children. As a Professor, he has authored over 100 publications in various books, journals and reports. For leisure, he enjoys playing golf, cycling and Latin dance. GNA

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