Mr. Zachau, a German national, joined the World Bank Group in 1988. He served as Director of Strategy and Operations for the Latin America and Caribbean Region (2003-2007) and Country Director for Turkey (2007-2011). Since joining the East Asia and Pacific Region in January 2012, he served as Director of Strategy and Operations for the Region (2012-2013), acted as Country Director for the Pacific (September – December 2012), and was Country Director for Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand (October 2013 – June 2017).
Mr. Zachau holds degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Munich and a Ph. D. degree in economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. Before joining the World Bank, he worked for McKinsey & Co and taught economics at the University of Bonn.