Axel van Trotsenburg

Vice President, East Asia and Pacific
Axel van Trotsenburg assumed the role of World Bank East Asia and Pacific Regional Vice President on February 1, 2013. He oversees a portfolio of over $30 billion in loans, grants, credits and trust funds, coordinating and supervising the activities of more than 1,000 staff.
Mr. van Trotsenburg leads the World Bank’s strategy in the region which supports countries by addressing four shared challenges: natural disasters; poverty and equality; infrastructure and urbanization; and making governments work for people. Despite the region's success in reducing poverty, about a half billion people are still living on less than $2 a day. The Bank’s goal is to help countries improve the lives of the poor and vulnerable by delivering innovative development solutions and results on the ground.

Before this, Mr. van Trotsenburg served as the World Bank’s Vice-President for Concessional Finance and Global Partnerships since August 2009. Mr. van Trotsenburg led the policy negotiations and replenishment process for the International Development Association (IDA), the Bank’s fund for the poorest countries, with a record 16th replenishment of $49.3 billion concluded in December 2010. He also co-chaired the replenishment process for the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and managed the largest replenishment increase ever, under GEF 5, with pledges of $4.25 billion. He had policy oversight of the World Bank's trust fund portfolio amounting to $29.4 billion, and oversaw a wide range of global initiatives and innovative financing including: the Global Fund to Fight Aids, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), the International Finance Facility for Immunisation (IFFIm), and the pilot Advance Market Commitment (AMC) for pneumococcal vaccines.

From July 2007-July 2009, he was Country Director for Colombia and Mexico, and from 2002 to July 2007, Country Director for Argentina, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. van Trotsenburg was Senior Manager of the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) Initiative, the largest and most comprehensive debt relief program for poor countries, and in previous assignments, he also was Senior Country Economist for Côte d’Ivoire and Country Economist for Guatemala.


An opportunity for East Asia in plunging oil prices, Feb. 3, 2015

Malaysia: From Developing Nation to Development Partner, January 28, 2015

Tracking Urbanization: How big data can drive policies to make cities work for the poor, January 27, 2015


Building for the Future: Mongolia’s Opportunity, December 11, 2014

Staying the Course on Structural Reforms, December 11, 2014

Improving Export Competitiveness Key to Southeast Asia’s Future Economic Success, December 3, 2014

Philippines: Mindanao's Unique Opportunity for a Just and Lasting Peace, November 10, 2014

Promoting inclusion in Chin State with CDD, May 26, 2014

Economic Development a Triumph of Working People in East Asia Pacific, May 28, 2014

Seizing the future: Energizing Green Cities, March 11, 2014


Global Lessons for Rebuilding Communities after ‘Yolanda’, December 20, 2013

A More Sustainable, Structural, and Equitable Approach to Sharing Mongolia’s Wealth, October 10, 2013

Pacific Islands Facing a Rising Tide, September 3, 2013

A Window of Opportunity to End Extreme Poverty and Boost Shared Prosperity by 2030, July 19, 2013

Laos and World Bank to End Poverty and Build Shared Prosperity, June 12, 2013

Financial Sector Part of Malaysia’s Success, June 4, 2013

Stepping up to Asia and the World, June 1, 2013

Vietnam Needs More High Quality Jobs, May 10, 2013

Six Decades of Partnership and Progress: Indonesia and the World Bank, April 7, 2013

Time to Turn on the Lights in Myanmar (with Karin Finkelston and Michel Wormser), February 6, 2013