Laura Kullenberg assumed the role of the World Bank's Country Manager for Malawi in 2013. Before then, she was country manager for South Sudan since March 2011. An American national, she joined the Bank in 1999 as Sr. Evaluation Officer in IEG, followed by field assignments as Sr. Operations Officer in Colombia and Kosovo. Before coming to the Bank, Kullenberg worked for almost two decades for the United Nations and a large NGO, focusing on emergency and post conflict programs as well as local development and decentralization operations. She has worked extensively in Asia, Latin America and Africa in particularly less-developed countries and fragile states.
In the mid 1980s, she ran Oxfam America’s emergency relief and rehabilitation programs in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Sudan, based in Addis Ababa for five years. She then joined UN Capital Development Fund and was responsible for the Fund’s capital investment programs in Bhutan, Myanmar and Bangladesh. She subsequently became Director of Policy and Evaluation where she focused on decentralization programs and policy. Just after the Kosovo war in 1999, she served as a member of the UN Advance Team to launch the international system's post-war response effort in that country. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.