Yvonne Tsikata became World Bank Vice President and Corporate Secretary in January 2016. Previously, she served as the president’s Chief of Staff and Director of the Office of the President. Prior to this, Tsikata was the sector director for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department of the Europe and Central Asia Region.
Tsikata joined the World Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional. Since then she has held various positions, including country director for the Caribbean region from 2007 to 2011. Prior to that, she was sector manager for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit in the Africa Region. She also held positions in the World Bank’s International Trade Department and Independent Evaluation Group.
Between 1998 and 2001, while on leave from the World Bank, she served as a senior research fellow at the Economic and Social Research Foundation in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; as a consultant to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris; and to the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research in Helsinki.
Before joining the World Bank, Tsikata taught monetary theory and macroeconomic policy at New York University, where she earned her doctorate in economics. She also holds an undergraduate degree from Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania.