Program Lead for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries,
Europe and Central Asia
Christian Bodewig is the Program Leader for Inclusive Growth in Central Europe and the Baltics, based in Brussels. As Program Leader, he coordinates the Bank’s program in education, health, poverty and social protection and labor in eleven countries in Central Europe and the Baltic States. Prior to his current assignment he worked in the East Asia and Pacific department where he coordinated the Bank’s human development program in Vietnam and led analytical and lending activities in early childhood development, skills and social assistance. Mr Bodewig is the lead author of the 2014 Vietnam Development Report "Skilling Up Vietnam: Preparing the workforce for a modern market economy" and a co-author of the World Bank study “Skills, not just Diplomas– Managing Education for Results in Eastern Europe and Central Asia”. Between 2003 and 2009 he worked in the Europe and Central Asia region's human development department, based in Washington DC, Sarajevo and Sofia, where he focused on lending and analytical programs in education and social protection in South-Eastern Europe. He also served as the Bank's focal point on the social inclusion of the Roma minority in Europe from 2006 until 2009. Mr. Bodewig holds degrees in economics and political economy from University College London and the London School of Economics. He speaks English, German, and French.