On March 10 and 25, 2003, Yves Rovani
was interviewed on behalf of the World Bank Group Archives
oral history program by William H. Becker and Marie T.
Zenni. During... Show More + his tenure at the Bank from 1969 to 1992, Mr.
Rovani worked in the following areas: in the projects
department as financial advisor (1969-1972); as director in
the departments of public utilities (1972-1976), of energy,
water, and telecommunications (1977-1979), and of energy
(1980-1986); and in operations evaluation as director
general (1986-1992). When he took over as director of public
utilities, the word energy was not in the vocabulary at the
World Bank. Power meant public utilities; coal and
refineries were industry; pipelines were transportation; and
oil and gas were left to the private sector. Upon the
quadrupling of oil prices in 1973, affecting developing
countries, Mr. Rovani prioritized energy policies. Show Less -