Mr. Chen assumed the role of Senior Director for the Transport Global Practice (GP), within the Infrastructure Vice-Presidency at the World Bank Group, in November 2018. In this position, he leads the formulation and implementation of strategy and programs for sustainable road, urban, rail, logistics, water and air transport, as well as key cross-cutting agendas such as road safety, climate adaptation/mitigation, gender, human capital development, disruptive technologies and financing. He has a leading role in the global Sustainable Mobility for All initiative, that gathers over 50 foremost international development organizations and key sector players to set the framework for sector coordination and development impact. Mr. Chen supports the development and delivery of knowledge and financing programs to country clients, overseeing a total portfolio of roughly $40 billion, in over 180 projects in more than 100 countries. He leads a team of some 250 specialists from over 80 nationalities, based in more than 40 countries.
Prior to this position, Mr. Chen was the Senior Director for the World Bank’s Water Global Practice, from October 2016 to October 2018. Before that he served as a two-term country director for the World Bank during 2011-2016, first in Ethiopia, and then in Southern Africa covering Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, based in Pretoria. As country director, he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Bank’s lending and knowledge programs in those countries.
An economist by training, Mr. Chen has over 25 years of international experience in the field of sustainable development, infrastructure finance and management with the World Bank Group and the Asian Development Bank. During 2001-2011, he held various managerial positions in the Latin America and Caribbean and South Asia regions of the World Bank, including transport, water supply and sanitation, urban development and disaster risk management. Prior to this, Mr. Chen led the preparation, implementation, and economic policy work and technical assistance activities in the transport sector as a task team leader, having joined the World Bank initially as a transport economist in 1997.
Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Chen worked as a project economist at the Asian Development Bank from 1992-1997.
In addition, from 2011-2013 Mr. Chen served as a member of the high-level expert group appointed by the Government of Guangdong Province, China, advising the provincial government in the implementation of its Development Vision 2020 for the Pearl River Delta Area. Moreover, Mr. Chen has frequently participated in major international forums on infrastructure, finance and development as key note speaker over the last 15 years.
A Chinese national, Mr. Chen holds a graduate degree in Economics from Harvard University, USA, and B.A. in Economics from Zhongshan (Sun Yat-Sen) University, Guangzhou, China.