Ato Brown began his tenure as the new Country Manager of the World Bank for Kazakhstan in the Europe and Central Asia Region on February 15, 2016. Before this assignment, he was the Country Manager for Sierra Leone in the Africa Region (2012-2015) engaged in strategic country dialogue with Government, Development Partners and the Civil Society as well as supervised the preparation and management of a broad range of development projects. He also successfully led the World Bank Group’s response to the Ebola Pandemic in the country.
Prior to this assignment, he was Sector Manager for the Water Sector in the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank (2009-2012) in charge of water resources management, water supply and sanitation services and irrigation development.
He has over 25 year working experience with the World Bank and other donor financed projects engaged on several development topics including infrastructure development and utility reforms, private sector engagement in services delivery, innovative financing of services, urban and rural development and social protection in Middle East and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, West Bank and Gaza, Yemen, Iraq, and Iran); Sub-Saharan Africa (Ghana, Burkina Faso, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire, Nigeria, Guinea, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Mozambique, Lesotho, and South Africa); Asia (Vietnam, India and Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan) and Latin America (Brazil).
He is a Ghanaian national with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana and a master’s degree in Infrastructure Planning from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.