Louise Cord is the Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania, based in Dakar, Senegal. A US national, she joined the Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional in the Bank’s Young Professional Program. She has since held various positions in the Bank’s poverty reduction and sustainable development departments, working specifically on inclusive growth, poverty reduction and rural development. She has worked in Africa, Latin America, and Eastern and Central Europe.
Prior to her appointment as Country Director, she was Practice Manager in the Poverty Global Practice responsible for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has published on rural poverty, pro-poor growth, and inclusive growth challenges and strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD in development economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.