Ayat Soliman is the Practice Director for the World Bank Group’s Water Global Practice. Ms. Soliman has 25 years of experience working on global issues of sustainable development in the World Bank, covering water, agriculture, rural, social and urban development, and climate resilience. Her previous assignments included her role as Sector Manager for Urban and Social Development and Resilience programs in the Middle East and Africa Region (2015 – 2018); Sector Leader for the six countries of Central America (2012-2015), and working as technical specialist on water, agriculture and rural/ urban infrastructure programs covering Latin America & the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, working on transboundary water programs in Africa, as well as working on rural water supply and sanitation and rural infrastructure based in Cairo, Egypt (2000-2007).
In her current assignment, Ms. Soliman is a core member of the Global Practice’s senior management team, which drives the policy direction of the GP, oversees a portfolio of $25 billion in water-related investments, analytical work, multi-donor trust funds and global partnerships. Ms. Soliman supports an integrated approach to water security and service delivery, customizing the Bank’s global water strategy to the country dialogue, and providing policy advice and operational support in response to specific client needs. She brings extensive experience working in fragile and conflict affected countries, underscoring the importance of water for peace and stability. She holds an MSc and BSc in Environmental and Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo.