Guang Z. Chen assumed the role of the World Bank's Country Director for Ethiopia in December 2011, where he is responsible for overseeing the Bank's program in Ethiopia. Prior to this assignment, Chen was the sector manager of the Sustainable Development Department for the Latin American and Caribbean Region since 2008. As sector manager, Chen managed the lending operations and policy advisory programs in three integrated lines of business: urban development, water supply and sanitation, and disaster risk management for 23 countries in the region, with an annual lending program of about US$1 billion and a portfolio of about 65 projects worth over $5.4 billion.
Before working in Latin America region, Chen also served as the Sector Manager for Transport in the South Asia Region at the World Bank, overseeing transport sector portfolio of lending, supervision and TA programs for six years. Before taking up managerial responsibility, he served as a task manager and program leader in the infrastructure sector. Trained as a development economist, Chen has over 20 years of international experience in the field of development finance and infrastructure management with the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and in China. He has worked in various sectors and management capacity in three regions and some 40 countries in the world. A Chinese National, Chen obtained his bachelor degree in Economics from Sun Yat-sen University in China and a graduate degree in Economics from Harvard University.