World Bank’s Executive Directors Select David Malpass as 13th President

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The new World Bank Group President, David R. Malpass.

The executive directors of the World Bank on Friday, April 5, 2019, unanimously selected David R. Malpass as president of the World Bank Group for a five-year term beginning on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, a release has said.

The Board expressed its deep gratitude to Interim President Kristalina Georgieva for her dedication and leadership ability in recent months.

According to the release, the executive directors followed the selection process as agreed in 2011, which included an open, transparent nomination where any national of the Bank’s membership could be proposed by any executive director or governor through an executive director.

“This was then followed by thorough due diligence and a comprehensive interview of Mr. Malpass by the executive directors,” the release has said.

Accordingly, the Board looks forward to working with Mr. Malpass on the implementation of the Forward Look and the capital package agreement as articulated in the Sustainable Financing for Sustainable Development Paper.

 Mr. Malpass previously served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs for the United States. As Under Secretary, Mr. Malpass represented the United States in international settings, including the G-7 and G-20 Deputy Finance Ministerial, World Bank-IMF Spring and Annual Meetings, and meetings of the Financial Stability Board, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

In his role as Under Secretary, Mr. Malpass played a crucial role in several major World Bank Group reforms and initiatives, including the recent capital increase for IBRD and IFC. He was also instrumental in advancing the Debt Transparency Initiative, adopted by the World Bank and IMF, to increase public disclosure of debt and thereby reduce the frequency and severity of debt crises.

Prior to becoming Under Secretary, Mr. Malpass was an international economist and founder of a macroeconomics research firm based in New York City. Earlier in his career, Malpass served as the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Developing Nations and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Latin American Economic Affairs.

In these roles, he focused on an array of economic, budget, and foreign policy issues, such as the United States’ involvement in multilateral institutions, including the World Bank.

Malpass has served on the boards of the Council of the Americas, Economic Club of New York, and the National Committee on US–China Relations.

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Colorado College and his MBA from the University of Denver. He undertook advanced graduate work in international economics at the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

The World Bank President is chair of the Boards of Directors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

The President is also ex-officio Chair of the Boards of Directors of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), and the Administrative Council of the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).

Traditionally, the United States nominates the candidate for president of the World Bank. Malpass was the only candidate being vetted by the World Bank’s Executive Directors.

During the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Malpass served as an economic advisor to Donald Trump, and in 2017, he was nominated and confirmed as the undersecretary for international affairs in the United States Department of the Treasury.

In 2018, Mr. Malpass successfully advocated for the World Bank’s capital increase as part of a larger reform agenda featuring improved monitoring and evaluation of World Bank lending, more efficient use of capital, and a focus on improving living standards in poor countries.

He was also instrumental in advancing the Debt Transparency Initiative, recently adopted by the World Bank and IMF, to increase public disclosure of international debts and thereby reduce the frequency and severity of crises in developing countries.

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