Sheila Redzepi is Vice President for External and Corporate Relations at the World Bank Group.
Sheila leads the Bank Group’s efforts to build strategic relationships with foundations, philanthropists, parliamentarians, civil society, and other key partners in support of the World Bank Group’s mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. In this role Sheila oversees advocacy and corporate communications; government relations and legislative affairs in donor countries; and external affairs around the world. She also manages the Bank Group’s strategic presence in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Europe and Japan, and engagement with the UN, G7, G20 and the OECD.
As a member of the senior leadership team, Sheila advises the President and senior management on strategic communications and stakeholder engagement decisions.
Sheila joined the World Bank Group from Unilever, where she was Global Vice President for Sustainability Policy and Advocacy. She worked alongside Unilever's CEO managing engagement with industry platforms, international organizations, multilaterals and CSOs, and oversaw Unilever’s external affairs offices in Brussels and Washington D.C. and the implementation of the Sustainable Living Plan in Unilever’s Europe region.
Before joining Unilever, Sheila worked at Weber Shandwick, U.K. in government affairs and in Brussels as head of international affairs. She began her career at the United Nations in gender advocacy.
A Danish national born in the former Yugoslavia, Sheila earned her Masters of Philosophy in Media Studies from the University of Bergen, Norway, a Master of Arts in International Political Economy, and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History and Politics from the University of Sheffield, U.K.