Paul Noumba Um, a Cameroonian and French national, is the Country Director for South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. He holds a PhD in Economics from Rennes University, and Master’s Degrees in Engineering and Economics from France, and a BA in Engineering from the Cameroonian National Post and Telecom School. Um joined the Bank in 1998, coming from Orange Labs, in the then Energy, Mining, and Telecommunication Department, and subsequently held positions at World Bank Institute, the Middle East/North Africa Region, and Finance and Private Sector Development in Africa. He was most recently the Country Director for Mali, Niger and Chad.
In his new position, Um’s top priorities include providing strategic leadership for formulating programs that support the eradication of poverty and improve shared prosperity for the seven Southern African countries, foster relationships and work with internal and external development partners and stakeholders for better results.