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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.

Press Release October 18, 2019
Annual meetings 2019 in Washington DC

There were two anniversaries to celebrate at this year's annual meetings: The 75th anniversary of the founding of the World Bank and the 100th meeting of the Development Committee of the Governors of the World Bank.

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Press Release September 23, 2019
World Bank and Germany Launch Fund to Curb Forest Loss, Build Resilient Landscapes

The World Bank and Germany announced the launch of PROGREEN.

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PRESS RELEASE April 14, 2019
Minister Müller meets President Malpass on the sidelines of the World Bank Spring Meeting

In talks with the new World Bank leadership, German Development Minister Gerd Müller agreed to intensify cooperation.

PRESS RELEASE January 30, 2019
World Bank Group and Germany announce enhanced collaboration on Africa development projects

World Bank Group and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) launch joint efforts in six countries


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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.


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    Philipp Hauger

    Advisor to the Executive Director
    IFC (Strategy, Budget, HR, Financial Statements), IFC projects worldwide, IFC Performance Standards, Compact with Africa and reform partnerships of BMZ in Africa, WBG energy and climate policies, Private Sector Solution (incl. Doing Business Report, Investment Climate, PPPs, FDI, Trade & Competitiveness), Mobilization of private finance Tel: +1 (202) 458-1742, Email: phauger@worldbank.org
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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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    Nadja Bleiber

    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: nbleiber@worldbank.org
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    Florian Neutze

    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: fneutze@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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    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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    Lilia Ward

    Senior Executive Assistant
    Tel. +1 202-458-1628, Email: lward@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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