Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly is the World Bank Country Director for Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation. Prior to assuming this position, she served as Country Director for the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where she helped deliver the largest debt relief package in the history of the HIPC initiative ($12.3 billion for DR Congo). A French citizen, Ms. Marie-Nelly joined the World Bank in 1993 after working in Europe and Africa for 13 years in various capacities, both in government and in the private sector. Since joining the Bank, Ms. Marie-Nelly has worked extensively on private sector related issues. Her areas of expertise include regional integration, with particular focus on regional infrastructure; infrastructure-related regulatory reform; public enterprise reform; private sector development; as well as management of petroleum resources. Between 2000 and 2004, Ms. Marie-Nelly served as Program Manager in charge of regional integration and cooperation in the Office of the Vice President for Africa. In that capacity, she was instrumental in the development of a strategic framework to promote deeper regional integration in Sub Saharan Africa in order to address the fragmentation of the continent which inhibits its ability to attract significant investments and to compete on global markets.