Xavier Furtado joined the World Bank Group in 2001 as an economist working with the World Bank Institute, and again in 2010 as manager of the Protection of Basic Services (PBS) Secretariat in Ethiopia. In 2014 he became the Bank’s Country Representative to Sudan, where he led the growth of the Bank’s portfolio and gave it a stronger strategic focus. He was appointed Country Representative to Botswana in September 2017. Prior to joining the Bank, Furtado worked for the Canadian International Development Agency, De La Salle University (Manila), the Asian Institute of Management, Pacific Economic Cooperation Council, and at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. His work in low- and middle-income countries, and fragile states, has involved the use of technical, managerial, partnership, and negotiation skills.