UNWE Graduate at the Head of the World Bank

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Kristalina Georgieva - graduate of UNWE – has occupied the position of Interim President of the World Bank Group (WBG) since 1 February of the current year. Thus she became the first Bulgarian at the head of the authoritative international institution. Assoc. Prof. Georgieva will also continue serving as Chief Executive Officer of WBG.

In the World Bank website is noticed that “deeply knowledgeable on international development and finance, Kristalina Georgieva is broadly recognized for her ability to build broad consensus and turn strategies into practice” as well as “she has more than 100 publications on environmental and economic policy topics”.

Assoc. Prof. Georgieva has graduated from the UNWE, speciality Political Economy, she has been lecturer as well as member of the Trustees Council of UNWE

In her longstanding career Assoc. Prof. Georgieva has occupied a number of international high-level positions: Vice President of the European Commission, European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response. She has served as Vice President and Corporate Secretary of the World Bank, Director for Sustainable Development, Director for the Russian Federation and Director for Environment and Social Development at the WBG, etc.

In 2010 Assoc. Prof. Georgieva was announced as "European of the Year" and "EU Commissioner of the Year" in the annual rankings of electronic edition of European Voice.

“Georgieva has built a reputation as a gender equality champion, humanitarian, and leader in the global fight against climate change. At the World Bank and the European Commission, she has driven progress on gender balance, pushing toward a target of 40 percent women in management by 2019 at the European Commission, and achieving parity in senior management at the World Bank”, is also pointed out in the World Bank website.

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