Julie is the Practice Manager for the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). She has over 20 years of experience in climate and risk management, specializing in sovereign risk management, economic shocks and vulnerability, disaster risk financing, and commodity risk management.
Prior to this role, Julie was the Practice Manager in the Climate and Risk Management unit in the Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation Global Practice. From 2014-2017 she was the Lead Financial Sector Specialist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2008-2014 she worked for the World Bank Treasury leading policy dialogue, capacity building, and transaction support for Ministries of Finance interested in hedging currency, interest rate, commodity, and catastrophe risks. She also spent six years in the Agriculture and Rural Development Department, as a member of the Commodity Risk Management team.
Over the course of her career in the Bank, Julie has participated in a number of innovative projects and transactions. Among these are the 2008-12 weather derivative transactions for drought risk in Malawi, the 2014 transaction which hedged drought and oil price risk in Uruguay, and preparation of the first CAT-DDO transactions in Africa.
Julie’s risk management experience includes six years in the private sector, where she worked as a commodity trader and corporate risk manager, responsible for managing a hedging portfolio using the London Metal Exchange.