Ethel Sennhauser


Ethel Sennhauser is the World Bank Acting Vice President for the South Asia Region. She has held the position since April 1, 2018.

In managing the World Bank’s engagement in South Asia to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity, Ethel leads relations with Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. She oversees lending operations and Trust-Funded projects worth more than $10 billion a year.

Before joining the region, Ethel was the Director of the Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank. As Director, Ethel oversaw the Bank’s agriculture portfolio and led the Bank’s strategy on food security, nutrition improvement and sustainable agriculture promotion. She was also the Director of Operational Services in the East Asia and Pacific Region. In this role, she managed the operational work of the region, including quality, portfolio management and fiduciary aspects. Before this, she was the Sector Manager for Agriculture and Rural Development in the Latin America & Caribbean Region.

Her career at the World Bank has included senior positions that have given her broad and deep experience with sectors and management issues within the World Bank Group worldwide.

A citizen of Argentina, Ethel joined the Bank in 1998 as a Natural Resources Specialist in the South Asia Region. Before joining the Bank, Ethel worked extensively in the private sector and academia.

Born in Buenos Aires, Ethel holds a Ph.D. in Regional Ecology from the University of Buenos Aires, a Masters in Biology and Ecology also from the University of Buenos Aires, and a Masters in Urban Regional Planning.

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