Dominique Bichara, a Belgian and Egyptian national, is the Director of Corporate Affairs and Administration, in the Corporate Secretariat of the World Bank Group since 2016.
From 2010 to 2016, Dominique served as the Special Representative of the World Bank Group to the United Nations in New York. In this capacity, she managed the World Bank Group's collaboration with the Office of the UN Secretary-General and all UN agencies, funds and programs, and represented the World Bank Group in UN intergovernmental bodies on a wide range of development, security and humanitarian issues. She also coordinated the World Bank Group's engagement in UN global processes such as Rio+20 and Climate, the negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda - Financing for Development Framework.
From 2007 to 2010, she was Senior Counsel for Eastern Europe and Central Asia countries. She was, in addition, the World Bank Group’s focal point for legal and judicial reform in the Middle-East and North Africa and led a number of projects and regional initiatives on legal and judicial reform and enforcement of environmental legislations.
In 2004, Dominique opened the first World Bank Group office in Tunisia, where she represented the Bank until 2007.
From 1995 to 1999, she worked for the UN FAO's and IFAD's Legal Departments in Rome, Italy, covering countries across regions and specializing in project financing in environmental protection and water management. In 1999, she returned to the World Bank Group as Senior Counsel for the Maghreb countries and Lebanon. She first joined the Legal Department of the World Bank Group in 1992 where she worked for the Sub-Saharan Africa Region, then became Special Assistant to the Senior Vice President and General Counsel.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she was Attorney at Law in private practice in Brussels and Paris, specializing in European business law.
Dominique Bichara holds a Maîtrise en Droit International from Université d'Aix-en-Provence, France, a Postgraduate Degree in European and International Law from Institut d'Etudes Européennes of Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, and a Certificate in Common Law from the University of Exeter, U.K.
She has two children.