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NEW DELHI: On Tuesday, the World Bank Group appointed Wencai Zhang as the Managing Director and World Bank Group Chief Administrative Officer, emphasising the organization’s dedication to instigating transformative change and improving operational efficiency to advance its mission of eradicating poverty and fostering sustainable global development.

World Bank Group President Ajay Banga expressed confidence in Zhang’s appointment, citing his extensive experience in development and Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs). Banga highlighted Zhang’s strategic and operational expertise, expressing satisfaction that Zhang will contribute to implementing the new Bank vision of ending poverty on a sustainable planet.

In his new role, Wencai Zhang will oversee the transformation of critical functions within the Bank Group, including Budget, Planning, Strategy, and Information Technology Services. His mandate includes ensuring optimal utilization of the organization’s budget and IT resources in alignment with the Bank’s overarching objectives.

Zhang will also manage various corporate units, including corporate procurement, general services, security, health and safety, as well as the Sanctions System.

Bringing significant experience to his new position, Wencai Zhang, a Chinese national, previously served as Vice President at the Export-Import Bank of China and holds the role of Trustee of the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation, emphasising his commitment to promoting international accounting and sustainability standards globally.

Zhang’s leadership roles over the past decade include Vice President at the Agricultural Development Bank of China (ADBC) and Vice President at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), where he played a crucial role in driving agricultural development initiatives and leading operations in South, Central, and West Asia.

Furthermore, Zhang served as Director-General for the Department of International Economic and Financial Cooperation at the Chinese Ministry of Finance, and his career began at the World Bank Department of the Chinese Ministry of Finance, where he later served as Advisor to the Executive Director for China at the World Bank Group.

  • Published On Feb 21, 2024 at 07:45 PM IST

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