Mr. Motoo Konishi, a Japanese national, has assumed his post as World Bank Country Director for Philippines on February 1, 2012.
Prior to his assignment in the Philippines, he was appointed World Bank Country Director for Central Asia on January 15, 2009 covering five Central Asia countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
Motoo Konishi joined the Bank in 1981 through the Young Professionals Program. After graduating the Young Professionals Program in 1983, he worked on transport projects and sector work in Eastern and Southern African countries. As a transport economist, Motoo Konishi led teams of multi-sector specialists and carried out in-depth sector analysis that diagnosed the existing situation and formulated multi-year programs of institutional, policy reforms, and investments to improve infrastructure and transport services. In 1992, Motoo Konishi was appointed the Bank’s Resident Representative for Tanzania where he served until 1995.
As Principal Country Officer for Kazakhstan in 1995 – 1997, Motoo Konishi was directly involved in the planning of the World Bank’s strategy of cooperation with Kazakhstan and played a lead role in the preparation and implementation of the Treasury Modernization Project in Central Asia and the Legal Reform Project in Kazakhstan.
Between 1997 and 2009, Motoo Konishi worked in the Infrastructure and Energy Services Department of Europe and Central Asia Region as the Principal Economist (Water Supply), Sector Manager for Water Supply and Sanitation, and Sector Manager for Transport.
Motoo Konishi received his B.S. in international economics from the Clarement McKenna College (USA) and his M.A.L.D. in development economics, international law, and international business from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (USA).