Mr. Ivan Rossignol is the Chief Technical Specialist, Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank Group. In this global role, Ivan leads the Bank knowledge and operational agenda on issues related to Growth Strategies and Competitiveness. He focuses on clusters, value chains, enclave approaches (incl. economic zones and growth poles), and growth corridors. He also leads the practice’s work on Fragile and Conflict Affected countries.
Prior to his current role, he was the World Bank’s Manager for the Finance and Private Sector unit in South Asia, where his team handled issues such as the Kabul Bank crisis (Afghanistan), the India Manufacturing Growth plan, SME development (Sri Lanka). In over 20 years with the World Bank Group, Ivan has held several positions, including Sector Leader in the Sustainable Development Department of the Africa Region; MIGA’s Special Representative in Africa. Ivan was also seconded to COMESA in Africa to help set-up the African Trade Insurance Agency, a multilateral agency registered under the United Nations Charter. He has spent over 10 years in field office postings, in India, Cameroon, Kenya and Zimbabwe.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ivan worked as a financial risks broker for the Banque Française du Commerce Extérieur (now Natixis) in Paris - France.
Ivan was an Adjunct Professor at the Public Policy Institute (McCourt School) of Georgetown University (2005 -2008), where he lectured on international financial institutions and development economics. He recently delivered several lectures at the Harvard Kennedy School. He holds a Diploma from the Institut Supérieur du Commerce (Masters Degree, Paris, France).