Anabela Abreu, a Portuguese national, was designated as the World Bank Country Director for Haiti in September 2017.
Prior to this, Ms. Abreu was Country Manager for Panama and held various positions including: Country Manager for Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Europe and Central Asia Region; Country Manager for Guatemala in Central America; Sector Manager for Health in South Asia; as well as Senior Public Health Specialist in the Latin America and the Caribbean. She first joined the Bank in 1996 as a consultant in human and social development.
Throughout her career of more than 20 years, 17 were dedicated to development in more than 15 countries (e.g. Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Angola, Mozambique, S. Tome & Prince, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Nepal).
Before joining the World Bank in 1994, Abreu was an Assistant Professor at the University of Lisbon and Deputy Director of the Lisbon Institute of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Abreu also consulted for several international organizations and worked as a physician in Lisbon.
Abreu holds a Dr. P.H. in Health Services Administration from the University of Pittsburgh; a post graduate degree in Public Health and Tropical Medicine; and a graduate degree in medicine from the University of Lisbon.