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Germany has played an important role since it joined the World Bank Group on August 14, 1952.  Along with the other members of the office, the Executive Director represents Germany in meetings at the World Bank and engages in direct consultations and negotiations with other Executive Officers in efforts to gain support for the World Bank's efforts in reducing poverty.

Brief March 26, 2020
Minister Müller welcomes announced corona crisis programme of IMF and World Bank and sees need for a more far-reaching package of measures

World Bank President David Malpass has announced a $14 billion package for corona crisis response. The aim is to help states to prevent the rapid spread of corona.

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Protective gear. Photo: © Miriam Schneidman/World Bank
Blog April 14, 2020
Never Let a Crisis Go To Waste

Blog by Jürgen Zattler - Center for Global Development

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VIDEO May 13, 2020
Green Bag Lunch “Indonesia`s Planning and Low-Carbon Energy Analysis: An example for the post-COVID world?”

Jürgen Zattler, German Executive Director and Parjiono, Alternate Executive Director for Southeast Asia of the World Bank Group moderated a presentation and discussion on “Indonesia`s Planning and Low-Carbon Energy Analysis: An example for the post-COVID world?”.

Climate Risk Video
Video April 14, 2020
Climate Risk in the Financial Sector: Implications for MDBs - Book Presentation & Discussion

Juergen Zattler, German Executive Director of the World Bank Group led a panel discussion featuring climate risks in the financial sector


Alternate Executive Director

Nikolai Putscher

Alternate Executive Director: EDS05
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Reports from EDS05 Germany
Annual Reports
2018 Annual Report

Ending Poverty. Investing in Opportunity

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World Development Report 2019

The Changing Nature of Work

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Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2018

Piecing Together the Poverty Puzzle

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Doing Business 2019

Training for Reform

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Executive Director's Office for Germany
The World Bank Group
1818 H Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20433 USA
Tel : +1 202-458-1183
Fax: +1 202-522-0222
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The German Executive Director represents Germany in the Executive Boards of the World Bank Group. They oversee and govern the business of the World Bank Group. Germany is the fourth largest shareholder following the United States, Japan, and China.

The German Office represents the Federal Government and supports the Executive Director. It is also a contact point. Read more about the responsibilities and contact information of its staff.

The Executive Director also serves as the chairman of the Committee on Development Effectiveness (pdf). Additionally, the Executive Director and the German office staff are involved in other Board Committees, including the Audit Committee (pdf), Budget Committee (pdf), Committee on Governance and Administrative Matters (pdf), and Human Resources Committee (pdf); as well as informal sub-committees. They work together with the other 188 member countries' representatives to harmonize their positions on development efforts.

Every year in the fall, the German Office publishes an Annual Report (German) with an overview of the World Bank Group, its business activities, and aspects of particular interest for Germany.

Last Updated: Apr 14, 2020


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    Matthias Meis

    Senior Advisor to the Executive Director
    Development Committee (DC), Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE), Inspection Panel, Safeguards Tel: +1 (202) 458-8014, Email: mmeis@worldbank.org
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    Philipp Hauger

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    Private Sector and Financial Sector (incl. Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation, Doing Business Report, Investment Climate, Mobilization of Private Capital), IFC Focal Point (Strategy, Budget, HR, Financial Statements), IFC’s Private Sector projects worldwide, IFC Budget and HR Committee, G20 initiative Compact with Africa (CwA) and reform partnerships (DPOs) of BMZ in Africa, WBG Energy & Extractive and Infrastructure Finance, KfW focal point (incl. co-financing); Tel: +1 (202) 458-1742, Email: phauger@worldbank.org
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    Christian Thiel

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    Latin America and the Caribbean; Agriculture, Food Security, Rural Development, Land Tenure; Independent Evaluation Group; Knowledge and Learning; Digitalization; Future of Work. Tel: +1 (202) 458-1182, Email: cthiel@worldbank.org
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    Philipp Sewing

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    IDA, Crisis Prevention and Response, ECA, Sub-Saharan Africa (francophone), Fragile States, Security and Development, Disaster Risk Management/GFDRR, Resilience, Gender, LGBT/Non-discrimination, Procurement, Humanitarian and Development Nexus, Forced Displacement, Migration and Remittences, United Nations, Agenda 2030, Tel: +1 (202) 458-8320, Email: psewing@worldbank.org
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    Silke Heuser

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    WB Budget- and Audit Committee, WB Budget Cycle, IBRD-Lending Instruments (Investment Lending, Development Policy Operations, Program for Results, Guarantees, Sub-National Lending, Deferred Drawdown Option), Expenditure Review, Financial Risk-Management and Crisis-Instruments, Debt Sustainability Analysis, Internal Audit, Global Emerging Markets Local Currency Bond Program , Education, Good Governance (Public Financial Management, Domestic Resource Mobilization), World Development Report, Global Economic Outlooks, South Asia Region, East Asia-Pacific Region, Tel: +1 (202) 458-1717, Email: sheuser@worldbank.org
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    Irina Dvorak

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    Environment and Natural Resources, Climate Change, Water, Transport, Global Environment Facility, Climate Investment Funds, Human Resources Policy, German Staff, Human Resources Committee, Internal Justice System, Ethics and Business Conduct, Agile Bank, Middle East and North Africa region, Tel: +1 (202) 458-1226, Email: idvorak@worldbank.org

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    Stefanie Herb

    Sr. Executive Assistant
    Tel. +1 202-458-1628, Email: sherb@worldbank.org
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    Jana Coto

    Program Assistant
    Tel. +1 202-458-1125, Email: jcoto@worldbank.org

Germany has been a member of the World Bank Group since 1952. It is the fourth largest shareholder following the United States, Japan, and China. As the German Governor, the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development represents the Federal Republic of Germany in the World Bank. The Alternate Governor for Germany is the Secretary of State for international finance from the Federal Ministry of Finance.  All 188 Governors meet every spring and fall for the IMF and World Bank Spring and Annual Meetings. The Development Committee, composed of 25 Governors, assembles every year in fall and spring.

The daily business is carried out on behalf of the Governors by 25 Directors of the Executive Boards. The Executive Director for Germany is appointed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, while the Federal Ministry of Finance appoints the Alternate Executive Director. 

See a detailed description of the organization and governance of the World Bank Group.

Further information on Germany’s development policy is available on the English homepage of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.  

See also the English website of the Federal Government of Germany.


There is an international network of parliamentarians dealing with World Bank issues and an informal "World Bank Circle of Friends" in the German Bundestag. The German Executive Director's Office regularly receives members of the German Bundestag at the World Bank and parliamentarians are regularly members of the German delegation for the annual meetings.


The World Bank Group offers German companies various cooperation and business opportunities. They can participate in tenders of the World Bank Group, benefit from financing through the International Finance Corporation or guarantees of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency.

Civil Society

The German Executive Director's Office cooperates closely with German and international non-governmental organizations. In Germany, Urgewald in particular systematically deals with the World Bank Group and participates in civil society meetings at the World Bank's Spring and Annual Meetings. Regular exchanges also take place with the Bank Information Center and Accountability Counsel in Washington D.C.. There is cooperation with other organisations on specific occasions.

Regular meetings are held with the US representatives of German political foundations on the occasion of the World Bank's Spring and Annual Meetings.


For journalists based in Washington D.C., the German Executive Director's Office offers regular background discussions on the occasion of the World Bank's Spring and Annual Meetings. 


For scientists, the World Bank Group offers comprehensive and publicly accessible data on many countries of the world, including world development indicators and other data sets. In addition, the World Bank, as a knowledge bank with a large science department, produces countless publications and papers.

Job seekers

By exerting influence on high-ranking personnel decisions and helping to shape personnel policy, the German Executive Director is actively committed to increasing the proportion of German personnel in the World Bank Group. 

In addition, the Office of the German Executive Director supports interests and applicants for positions in the World Bank Group by providing advice and contacts. In addition, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development promotes the recruitment of German junior staff, in particular through the Junior Professional Officers (JPO) Programme. Young professionals are employed in the World Bank Group for two to three years, financed by the Federal Government, and thus receive a very good starting position for a follow-up contract. 


Allocation of Votes by Organization

Member countries are allocated votes at the time of membership and subsequently for additional subscriptions to capital.  Votes are allocated differently in each organization.

IBRD: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of the Bank's capital stock held by the member) plus basic votes (calculated so that the sum of all basic votes is equal to 5.55 percent of the sum of basic votes and share votes for all members).

IFC: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of IFC's capital stock held by the member) plus basic votes (calculated so that the sum of all basic votes is equal to 5.55 percent of the sum of basic votes and share votes for all members).

IDA: Each member receives the votes it is allocated under IDA replenishments according to the rules established in each IDA replenishment resolution. Votes consist of subscription votes and membership votes.

MIGA: Each member receives votes consisting of share votes (one vote for each share of MIGA's capital stock held by the member) plus parity votes, calculated so that the aggregate number of votes of category 1 and category 2 members is the same. Members choose which category they want to join at the time of membership. Category 1 members were originally defined as developed countries and category 2 members as developing countries.

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