Lasse Melgaard


A national of Denmark, Mr. Melgaard brings two decades of development experience to Fiji, having worked on programs across South East Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa. His most recent assignment was to coordinate the World Bank’s work in the South Pacific from the World Bank’s office in Sydney, Australia.

In his time with the World Bank, Mr. Melgaard has led strategy development, lending operations and analytical work across a broad range of areas. He most recently led the year-long consultation process which led to the five-year, nine-country Pacific Islands Regional Country Partnership Framework, the key guiding document for the World Bank’s program in nine Pacific countries: Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (FSM), Nauru, Palau, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Melgaard worked for the United Nations Capital Development Fund, the Danish Red Cross, and the Danish International Development Agency in Tanzania, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Vietnam. He holds a Master’s Degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.

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