Hartwig Schafer took office as Vice President, Operations Policy and Country Services on December 1, 2014. In this position, he is responsible for the World Bank’s business policies, practices and procedures for lending products and knowledge services for client countries. Mr. Schafer leads a number of the World Bank’s key reforms, including the roll-out of the Bank’s new policies on procurement and environmental and social safeguards, implementation of the new country engagement model and innovation of the Bank’s lending and knowledge instruments. He is also responsible for monitoring and strengthening corporate risk management for operations and for performance and results measurement of Bank operations.
Mr. Schafer, a German national, has worked for over 27 years in technical and managerial positions in the World Bank, as well as the European Commission. He brings strong operational experience across several regions and sectors. His academic background is in Economics (PhD) and Agricultural Economics (MA and MSc).
Previously, Mr. Schafer served as the World Bank’s Country Director for Djibouti, Egypt and Yemen in the Middle East and North Africa Region. He also was Director for Strategy and Operations in the Sustainable Development Network, overseeing the World Bank’s engagement in the areas of climate change, sustainable infrastructure, agriculture and food security. Mr. Schafer has also served as Director for Operations and Strategy in the Africa Region, Country Director for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe and Chief Administrative Officer in the Africa Region.