Jean-Christophe Carret, based in Vientiane, is the World Bank’s Country Manager for Lao PDR.
Previously, he was a Country Manager for the Central African Republic (CAR). His top priority, over the past two years, was to support the country’s recovery efforts in the wake of an unprecedented humanitarian and political crisis that resulted in the collapse of the economy and social fabric of the nation. Under his leadership, the World Bank became the country’s main development partner committing half a billion dollars, over the next three years, to help put the Central African Republic on the road to recovery.
Prior to arriving in Bangui, Mr. Carret was a Program Leader in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he oversaw the implementation of infrastructure, agriculture and natural resources projects.
While in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he also played a strategic role in the discussions for the Inga 3 Hydropower Development, a transformational project for the African continent.
A French national, Mr. Carret holds a PhD in economics from École des Mines in Paris (Mines ParisTech). He joined the World Bank Group in 2005 as a Natural Resources Economist in the Africa Region.