Ceyla Pazarbasioglu was Vice President for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) at the World Bank Group (WBG) from October 2018 to September 2020.
In this role, Ceyla provided strategic leadership to the best expertise from the World Bank to help low- and middle-income countries build the foundations for inclusive and sustainable growth and, thereby, make progress towards achieving the World Bank Group’s twin goals of reducing poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
Prior to her assignment as Vice President, Ceyla was Senior Director of the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice. In this capacity, she provided leadership for advancing the World Bank Group’s development goals, with a focus on firm capabilities and innovation, private-sector led growth, creating markets, financial sector stability, financial inclusion, and long-term finance and risk management.
Ceyla joined the World Bank in July 2015 from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), where she was Deputy Director in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department, in charge of the work on financial sector regulation and supervision and crisis management. Before joining the IMF, she was Vice President of the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency of Turkey, a post she was appointed to after Turkey’s major banking crisis of February 2001. Prior to that, she worked as Chief Economist of Emerging European Markets at ABN AMRO Investment Bank in London.
Ceyla sits on the board of several multinational institutions, including the Financial Stability Board (FSB) where she is also a member of the standing committees on Assessment of Vulnerabilities and Standards Implementation, and the Toronto Centre. She holds a PhD in economics from Georgetown University, USA.