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PRESS RELEASE August 9, 2018

Issam Abousleiman Named New World Bank Director for GCC Countries

Washington, August 9, 2018 – The World Bank Group announced the appointment of Issam Abousleiman as the new World Bank Country Director for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. His appointment took effect on August 1st, 2018.

Mr. Abousleiman, a Lebanese national, joined the Bank in 1989. His most recent assignment was Country Manager of Colombia in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Having started his career at the World Bank in the Loans Department, he has since held various positions across the institution, including Head of Financial Advisory and Banking at the World Bank Treasury and Principal Investment Officer in the Banking & Debt Management Department. His regional expertise includes Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East regions.

Mr. Abousleiman is a graduate of the Harvard University Executive Management program, and holds an MBA in finance and investment from George Washington University, as well as an MBA in management from the American University of Beirut. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).


Ashraf Al-Saeed