Michelle Keane is the World Bank Program Manager for the Sint Maarten Recovery, Reconstruction and Resilience Trust Fund (SXM TF). Ms. Keane, a dual Dutch and US national, is responsible for developing a “build back better” reconstruction and resilience program for Sint Maarten, in partnership with the Government of Sint Maarten and the Government of the Netherlands. She also manages the SXM TF on behalf of the World Bank and oversees the operational quality and implementation of the World Bank-managed Sint Maarten portfolio. Prior to this assignment, Ms. Keane was the Operations Manager for the World Bank’s large reconstruction program in Haiti and served in various positions in capacity constrained and climate vulnerable environments.
Ms. Keane is a seasoned development professional with 20 years of operational experience at the World Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and North Africa and the Middle East. She has contributed to the integration of disaster risk awareness, preparedness and management across disciplines in several countries, from commodity risk management in West and Central Africa, to hurricane preparedness, flood prevention, and construction safety in Haiti. She has a deep knowledge of Bank policies and instruments, as well as experience in the management of large trust funds such as the Haiti Reconstruction Fund and the World Bank-managed State and Peace Building Fund. Her approach is to engage in active listening, problem-solving, inclusion, and collaboration to achieve concrete results in complex environments. A convinced European and humanitarian, her pre-World Bank experience includes harmonizing European legislation for the Single Market and working with refugees and displaced persons in Africa and Europe.
Ms. Keane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Princeton University, USA, and a Master's degree in European Political and Governance Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium.