Ellen Goldstein is the World Bank’s Country Director for the Western Balkans, which includes Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, and Serbia. She is based in the World Bank Office in Vienna, Austria.
Prior to this position, she was World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Nepal, in which she led the policy dialogue with government and stakeholders, and collaborated with development partners to promote greater aid effectiveness. In these two countries she managed a portfolio of more than 50 operations totaling nearly US$ 6 billion in soft IDA Credits.
Goldstein joined the World Bank in 1985 as a macroeconomist. Through her career she has worked in West and Southern Africa, South Asia, and Central Europe as a macroeconomist, human development specialist, and as Country Manager in both Burkina Faso and FYR Macedonia. She also was the founding manager of the World Bank’s Results Secretariat.
Prior to becoming the Country Director for Bangladesh and Nepal, Goldstein spent three years on special assignment at the African Development Bank in Tunisia, where she established and led the Quality Assurance and Results Department.
Goldstein earned Master’s degrees in public health from the John Hopkins University and in public affairs from Princeton University.