Mr. Humberto López is the Director of Strategy and Operations for Eastern and Southern Africa. In this position, he supports the Vice President in defining and successfully implementing the strategy and work programs across the 26 countries in the region. The Vice Presidency oversees a portfolio of more than 330 projects valued at over $51 billion.
Mr. López was most recently the World Bank Director of Strategy and Operations for Latin America and the Caribbean, where he also served as Acting Vice President for the region from September 2019 to June 2020.
Prior to that assignment, he was the Country Director for Central America, where he was responsible for the implementation of the Bank portfolio, as well as for a broad operational program that includes technical assistance, financing instruments and knowledge products. He has also held other positions throughout his Bank career, including: Director of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Department in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank, and Manager of the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management unit for East Africa.
Mr. López has published extensively in several diverse areas such as fiscal and exchange rate policy, and growth, and is the editor of three books on free trade agreements, migration and remittances, and the role of the investment climate for growth. He was also the main author of the World Bank’s 2006 Latin America flagship report on growth and poverty reduction. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. López was a professor of Economics in the University of Salamanca (Spain) as well as visiting professor in Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge (U.S.A.).
He holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy.