Pascale Dubois, a Belgian national, became the World Bank Group’s Integrity Vice President on July 1, 2017. As of February 2, 2018, she is also acting Vice President for Ethics and Business Conduct.
The Integrity Vice Presidency (INT) contributes to the World Bank’s core mission of promoting development and reducing poverty by ensuring that funds are used for their intended purposes. As the head of INT, Ms. Dubois manages investigations in connection with allegations of fraud and corruption in World Bank Group-financed projects, as well as allegations of significant fraud or corruption involving World Bank Group staff. INT also supports the operational units of the World Bank Group by mitigating fraud and corruption risks through sharing investigative findings, advising on prevention measures and outreach. Finally, INT’s Integrity Compliance Office helps ensure that sanctioned firms engage in clean business in the future.
As acting Vice President of Ethics and Business Conduct (EBC), Ms. Dubois oversees the development and application of the highest ethical standards by World Bank staff members in the performance of their duties. Ms. Dubois ensures that EBC is the World Bank’s steward of ethical policies and practices. She is responsible for the creation and implementation of an outreach and training strategy to promote a value-based culture and provides counsel on conflicts of interest and compliance-related issues. She manages the investigations of allegations of internal misconduct, such as harassment, non-compliance with staff rules, abuse of authority, and misuse of Bank resources. EBC also helps the institution resolve staff-related concerns through consultation, advice and performance management.
Ms. Dubois has played a leading role in the World Bank’s anti-corruption efforts for more than a decade. She previously served as Chief Suspension and Debarment Officer in the Office of Suspension and Debarment (OSD), where she determined whether to suspend and debar firms and individuals accused of fraud and corruption in World Bank-financed projects. Before that, Ms. Dubois managed the Voluntary Disclosure Program (VDP) in INT. She also worked as an operational lawyer advising the Africa region of the World Bank for seven years. Before joining the World Bank, she was a lawyer in private practice for ten years in the United States and Belgium.
Ms. Dubois is a Senior Advisor to the American Bar Association Section of International Law’s Anti-Corruption Committee, having earlier served as Co-Chair for three years. She is also former Co-Chair of the International Bar Association’s Anti-Corruption Committee. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). Since 2009, she has been an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where she has taught a course on international anti-corruption. She speaks and publishes regularly on the World Bank’s efforts and other topics in international anti-corruption.
Ms. Dubois received her Lic. Jur., cum laude, from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and her LL.M. from New York University.