Guang Zhe Chen, a Chinese national, joined the World Bank in 1997. Trained as a development economist, Mr. Chen has over 20 years of international experience in the field of development finance and infrastructure management. He was appointed as the Bank’s Country Director for Ethiopia, his current position, in late 2011. Based in Addis Ababa, he is responsible for building a strong partnership with the client government and its development partners to develop and implement the Bank's country partnership strategy for Ethiopia, with particular focus on sustainable growth, job creation and effective service delivery in supporting the implementation of the Government's Growth and Transformation Plan. He also oversees the implementation of a portfolio of investment and trust fund projects valued at over $6 billion covering a range of sectors from social to infrastructure, as well as knowledge services and technical assistance programs. In fiscal year 2013, the Bank IDA program in Ethiopia set a record of disbursing $880 million and committing $1.2 billion in one year. Prior to this assignment, he served as a Sector Manager in the Sustainable Development Department of Latin American and Caribbean Region and the South Asia Region, covering a range of sectors including urban development, water supply and sanitation, disaster risk management, and transport. In that capacity, he managed teams of sector specialist in appraisal and delivery of quality lending projects as well as provision of implementation support and advisory services to the country clients. Moving through the rank in the World Bank prior to becoming a sector manager, he had worked as a program team leader and as a task manager leading tasks for lending, supervision, and economic sector work and technical assistance activities. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Chen served as a project economist in the Asian Development Bank for over 5 years.
Mr. Chen obtained his bachelor degree in Economics from Sun Yat-Sen University in China and a graduate degree in Economics from Harvard University.