Christian Bodewig is the Program Manager for Southern Europe at the World Bank, based in Brussels. He oversees the Bank’s operational, advisory and analytical programs in the region, with a special focus on Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Portugal.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as program leader for inclusive growth in the European Union where he coordinated the World Bank’s lending and advisory projects in education, health, poverty and social protection and labor in EU Member States. Between 2009 and 2013 Mr. Bodewig worked in the East Asia and Pacific department where he oversaw the Bank’s human development program in Vietnam and led analytical and operational activities in education and social protection. Between 2003 and 2009 he worked on operational and analytical projects in education and social protection in South-Eastern Europe, based in Washington DC, Sarajevo and Sofia.
Mr Bodewig is the co-author of the 2018 World Bank study "Growing United: Upgrading Europe's Convergence Machine" as well as the 2014 Vietnam Development Report and has published on education, skills, social protection and labor market issues in Europe and Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Bodewig was one of the founders of the German youth initiative “Schüler Helfen Leben” focused on promoting education opportunities of youth in South-Eastern Europe.
Mr. Bodewig holds degrees in economics and political economy from University College London and the London School of Economics. He is fluent in English, German, and French.