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WB appoints female country director

The World Bank on Monday appointed Mara Warwick, an Australian national, as the first female country director in the Philippines.

The bank said Warwick’s appointment took effect on March 1, as she replaced former country director Motoo Konishi who retired in December 2015, after  35  years  of  service at  the  World  Bank. 

Warwick was an environmental  engineer and  has expertise in  flood  management,  urban development,  urban environmental  services  and  disaster  risk  management.  She  joined the  World Bank  in 2003. 

Mara Warwick
“In  the  Philippines,  she  will  be  managing  a  growing  portfolio of  projects  that  support  the  country’s goal  of  promoting  and  sustaining  inclusive growth—growth that  reduces  poverty  and creates  more and better  jobs,” the World Bank said. 

Warwick  managed  water  supply,  wastewater,  solid waste  and  flood management  projects  in  China  and the  Philippines from 2003 to 2009.

“It’s  a great  honor  for  me  to  return  to  the  Philippines  and  be  a part  of  the  country’s  steadfast  efforts to address extreme  poverty  and promote  prosperity  that  is  shared  by  all  Filipinos,”  said  Warwick. 

“The  World Bank  remains  a long-term  and committed  partner  of  the  Philippines  in this  endeavor,” she said.

Prior  to her  appointment  as country  director  in  the Philippines,  Warwick  served  as the  portfolio and operations  manager  for  China,  Mongolia and Korea and was based  in Beijing.  

Warwick supported the  Chinese  government’s expansion  into  technically  complex  programs and projects  including  climate  change  mitigation  and adaptation,  rehabilitation of  contaminated land and social  service reform.   

Warwick  was sector  coordinator  for  sustainable development  in  Ankara, Turkey from  2010  to 2012.

Before  joining  the  World  Bank,  Warwick  had worked  in the  private  sector  as  a  consultant  engineer. She  received  her  B.E.  in  Civil  Engineering  from  the University  of  Adelaide,  Australia and her  M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in the US. 

Topics: World Bank , WB country director , Mara Warwick
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