Haleh Bridi, an Iranian national, joined the Bank in 1991. She was appointed Country Director for Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius and Seychelles in 2011. She is currently based in Washington. Her priorities will be to forge strong client relationships with key stakeholders in this diverse set of countries, work with the country teams to maximize the Bank's value added and lead and support staff in implementing the priorities of the new Africa Strategy while adjusting to corporate realities and opportunities. Haleh holds two Master of Arts respectively from the American University in Washington DC and Webster University in Austria. She is fluent in several European languages besides her mother tongue of Farsi.