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Statement March 11, 2019

World Bank Statement on Max Thabiso Edkins

The World Bank Group today announced the tragic loss of a staff member who was aboard the Ethiopian Airlines flight which crashed near Addis Ababa on March 10. Max Thabiso Edkins, a 35-year old national of both Germany and South Africa, was serving as a Communications Officer for Connect4Climate (C4C) – a multi-partner communications platform that advocates for climate action, especially among young people around the world.

“We were devastated to learn that we lost a cherished colleague in the plane crash in Ethiopia,” said Kristalina Georgieva, Interim President of the World Bank Group, “Max was deeply committed to the fight against climate change and brought tremendous creativity, energy and passion to his work. Our deepest sympathies go to his family and loved ones, and to those of the other victims of this tragedy.”

With a background in environmental science, Max was a talented and natural communicator, well known within the international climate change community. He is survived by his wife Astrid and young son, and his loving brother and parents.