Antero Klemola, a Finnish national, serves as the World Bank Group Alternate Executive Director representing Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, and Sweden since July 2018. Dr. Klemola represents the constituency in the Board's Committee on Governance and Executive Directors' Administrative Matter (COGAM).
Between 2015-2018, Dr. Klemola worked as a counselor and a senior counselor to the Executive Director for the Board of the Inter-American Development Bank and additionally as Executive Director to IDB Invest for one year. In the constituency team he was responsible for the Programming Committee.
From 2006 to 2015, Dr. Klemola served in the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland, holding the following positions: Senior Counselor (development policy and cooperation) to the Director General for Americas and Asia; Senior Counselor to the Director for the general development policy unit and as a member of various intra and inter-ministerial working groups to improve the management of development cooperation.
Prior to his work at the Ministry, Dr. Klemola worked as a project manager in a consulting company for two years and seven years as a program coordination for the International Cooperative Alliance in Bolivia in developing rural financial services. He has research experience from Zimbabwe (undergraduate/rural development) and Bolivia (Ph.D./Indigenous Peoples).
He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Liverpool in 1997.