Hideki Mori, a Japanese national, became the World Bank Country Manager for Uzbekistan on March 1, 2017.
Mr. Mori has worked in various countries in Europe and Central Asia (ECA), Africa (AFR), and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). An expert on social assistance and administrative subsystems, he has worked on social protection, labor, and nutrition issues, as well as on knowledge platforms, climate change, and disaster risk management, amongst others.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Mori was the Program Manager for the Rapid Social Response Program (RSR) at the World Bank. He built and managed a Multi-Donor Trust Fund Program, supervising 176 Technical Assistance tasks and pilot projects in 85 countries, leveraging over US$ 5 billion in IDA funds, and expanding SPL program coverages in low-income countries for 90 million poor and vulnearble individuals.
He has also led the Young Professional Program within the World Bank, recruiting 35-40 highly talented young people annually. Prior to that, Mr. Mori oversaw Human Development projects in the ECA and LAC regions.
Mr. Mori joined the Bank in 1993 as young professional working for the Global Environment Facility Pilot Phase in Latin America and the Caribbean He has since worked in the following countries: Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Moldova, Nicaragua, Panama, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, Timor-Leste, Uruguay, Georgia, Honduras, Brazil, Peru, Tanzania, Ethiopia, India, Australia, Norway, United Kingdom, Sweden, Russian Federation, Germany.
Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Mori was as an Associate Economic Affairs Officer in the Environment and Human Settlements Division, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, United Nations (based in Santiago, Chile).
Mr. Mori graduated from the University of Tokyo, Faculty of Agriculture. He holds an M.A. in International Development from the American University and an MBA from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.