Country Director for Turkey

Johannes Zutt

Director, Strategy, Risk and Results, Operations Policy & Country Services VP

Johannes Zutt is the World Bank Country Director for Turkey. Zutt, a Dutch national, joined the World Bank in 1999. Since then, he has taken positions of increasing responsibility.

From 2000 to 2006, he worked as the Country Program Coordinator for (at various times) Angola, China, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, and Zambia, as well as the team leader for numerous country strategies and projects.

In July 2006, he was appointed the Adviser to one of the Bank’s two Managing Directors, and in January 2008 he was asked to serve as the acting head of the Department of Integrity (INT), the anti-corruption unit of the World Bank Group.

In January 2009, Zutt was appointed the World Bank Country Director for Comoros, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles and Somalia. In May 2013, he was reassigned to be the Country Director for Bangladesh and Nepal and in July 2014, Bhutan was added to his portfolio. Bangladesh is currently the largest single borrower from the World Bank’s concessional lending arm, the International Development Association (IDA).

In September 2015, he was reassigned again, this time to be the Country Director for Turkey (with effect from November 1, 2015).

Zutt has a J.D. from Harvard University and a D.Phil. (in philosophy) from the University of Oxford.



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