Anabela Abreu, a Portuguese national, was designated as the World Bank Country Manager for Panama in late 2014 after serving as the Country Manager for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro since 2011, in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. Abreu is based in the World Bank’s office in Panama City.
Prior to this position, Abreu was the Country Manager in Guatemala where she led the policy dialogue, and the governance agenda, which included a variety of innovative structural and sectoral interventions, such as the Construction Sector Transparency.
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.