Senior Vice President and World Bank Group General Counsel
Languages: English, French, Italian
Anne-Marie Leroy, a French national, was appointed senior vice president and general counsel for the World Bank Group in March 2009. Prior to joining the Bank Group, she had been a partner of the Paris office of Denton Wilde Sapte LLP since 2005, where she was in charge of the Department of Public Law.
A graduate of both the Paris Institute for Political Science and the National School for Public Administration (ENA), with a graduate degree in the Sociology of Organizations, Leroy joined the Council of State (Conseil d'Etat) in 1986, the highest court in France for public and administrative law, where she worked as a judge for five years.
In 1991, she was appointed to the Ministry of National Education as a director of legal and international affairs, managing the ministry's representation in courts and providing legal advice to the minister and ministry units, and bilateral relations with partner countries in the field of education. Her work included technical assistance projects in developing countries, as well as in multilateral institutions, especially the EU and the OECD. From January 1995 to May 1998, she served in the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa region as a senior public sector specialist, working on public management issues especially in Lebanon, Morocco, and Tunisia.
Returning to Paris in 1998 to take up the position of department head in charge of Governance and Civil Society issues in the Public Management Service of the OECD, she was soon appointed as senior advisor to the Prime Minister, Lionel Jospin, in charge of government reform. Following the presidential election of 2002, she returned to the Council of State and her functions as a judge. In 2003, she was also appointed by the Board of Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank as a judge with the IDB's Administrative Tribunal.