Tony Verheijen

Antonius (Tony) Verheijen

Operations Manager for the Afghanistan program

Tony Verheijen, He finished his mandate in Tunis in June 2021 and is currently the Operations Manager for the Afghanistan program, temporarily based in Dushanbe, has had a 15-year career with the World Bank that has spanned three continents and focused primarily on public sector management, civil service reform, governance and anti-corruption, and economic management issues. 

Mr. Verheijen was based in Belgrade for four years as the World Bank Country Manager for Serbia. Since joining the World Bank in 2002, Mr. Verheijen has worked for the Public Sector Management and Governance department in the Europe and Central Asia region, served as Sector Manager of the Public Sector and Governance department in South Asia, based in New Delhi, India, and as Lead Public Sector Management Specialist and Cluster Leader for East and Central Africa, based in Kampala, Uganda.

Mr. Verheijen brings a wealth of global experience, having worked on projects in South and East Asia, Central and East Africa, Russia and Central Asia and Central and Eastern Europe.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Verheijen worked as Chief Technical Adviser for the United Nations Development Programme Regional Office in Bratislava, Slovakia, and held positions at the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and at the European Institute of Public Administration. He has also held teaching and research positions at various universities, including the College of Europe. He has contributed in particular to transformation processes in Central and Eastern European states in the context of their European Union accession, serving as adviser to European Integration offices and EU accession negotiation teams.

Mr. Verheijen graduated from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, holds an MA in International Relations from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a PhD from Leiden University. 


  • Public Sector & Governance
  • Aid Effectiveness
  • Law and Justice