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Kristalina Georgieva

Former Chief Executive Officer (CEO), World Bank

Kristalina Georgieva is the former Chief Executive Officer of the World Bank. Georgieva (@KGeorgieva)  was CEO of the World Bank from January 2017 to October 1, 2019. She assumed her new role as Managing Director of the IMF on October 1, 2019.

From February 1, 2019 to April 8, 2019, Georgieva was the Interim President for the World Bank Group. As Interim President, Georgieva was responsible for the World Bank Group’s efforts to end extreme poverty by 2030 and to boost shared prosperity around the world. 

As CEO of the World Bank, which comprises of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the International Development Association, Georgieva has built support across the international community to mobilize resources for poor and middle-income countries and to create better opportunities for the world’s most vulnerable people.

Previously Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, helped shape the agenda of the European Union starting in 2010, first as Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, where she managed one of the world's largest humanitarian aid budgets and established herself as a global champion for resilience. As the European Commission Vice President for Budget and Human Resources, Georgieva oversaw the European Union's €161 billion (US $175bn) budget and 33,000 staff across its institutions around the world, and tripled funding available to the refugee crisis in Europe.

Georgieva has built a reputation as a gender equality champion, humanitarian, and leader in the global fight against climate change. As co-chair of the Global Commission on Adaptation, she is working alongside Ban Ki-Moon and Bill Gates to bring the issue of climate change adaptation on equal footing with mitigation on the policy agenda. At the World Bank and the European Commission, she has driven progress on gender balance, pushing toward a target of 40 percent women in management by 2019 at the European Commission, and achieving parity in senior management at the World Bank. And as co-chair of the United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Humanitarian Financing, she secured the adoption of a much more effective system to meet the needs of record numbers of vulnerable people.

Before joining the European Commission, Georgieva had a successful tenure at the World Bank, starting in 1993 as an Environmental Economist, and eventually becoming Director for Environment and Social Development for the East Asia and Pacific Region and then Director in charge of environmental strategy, policies and lending. In 2004, Georgieva was made Director for the Russian Federation, based in Moscow. From 2007 to 2008, she was Director for Sustainable Development in charge of policy and lending operations in infrastructure, urban development, agriculture, environment and social development, including support to fragile and conflict-affected countries. In this role she oversaw around 60% of lending operations of the World Bank Group. From 2008-2010, she was Vice President and Corporate Secretary, serving as the interlocutor between the World Bank Group’s senior management, its Board of Directors, and its shareholder countries. In the wake of the 2008 international financial crisis, she played a key role in the World Bank's governance reform and accompanying capital increase.

Deeply knowledgeable on international development and finance, Georgieva is broadly recognized for her ability to build broad consensus and turn strategies into practice. She has more than 100 publications on environmental and economic policy topics, including a textbook on microeconomics.

Kristalina Georgieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1953.  She holds a Ph.D in Economic Science and a M.A. in Political Economy and Sociology from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, where she was an Associate Professor between 1977 and 1991.



Women Deliver 2019

Plenary: The Power of Integration and Scale: Driving big global social change

2019 Spring Meetings

Development Marketplace: Innovations to Address Gender Based Violence

On the Menu: Can Food be the Planet’s Medicine?

The Economic and Social Case For Human Capital Investments

Beyond Uncertainty: Leveraging Trade to Reduce Poverty

Preventing Conflict, Promoting Peace

Om Source to Sea: Innovative Ways to Tackle Marine Pollution

All Africa Digital Economy Moonshot

SDGS In Action: Integrating the SDGS Into National Budgets

2018 Anual Meetings

Global Financing Facility: Investing in People

Debt: Challenges Ahead

2018 Spring Meetings

State Fragility & Development

Frontiers in Anti-Corruption

Securing the Foundation for Human Capital

Empowering Women for Peace

Future of Resilience

2017 Spring Meetings

Jumpstarting the Next Revolution in Food and Agriculture

Generation Now: How Investing in Adolescents Today Can Change the World of Tomorrow

Addressing Refugee Crises in Middle-Income Countries: Lessons Learned

Financing for Peace: Innovations to Tackle Fragility

Addressing the Global Refugee Crisis: How We Can Bridge the Gap Between Humanitarian Response and Development Assistance

2017 Annual Meetings

Pass or Fail: Are Countries Doing their Education Homework?

Inclusive Growth and the Rising Middle Class in East Asia and Beyond

Sustainable Mobility

Technology and Civic Engagement: New Approaches

Innovating to Mobilize Private Capital


Global Voices interview series, Spring Meetings 2019

Our Commitment to a Better Future for Afghanistan

Mission It's Possible

United Nations Foundation

World Children's Day

Q&A with students in Brussels | YouTube

An interview on Civil Society

More Live Events:

The Role of Women in Global Poverty Reduction: A Conversation with Dr. Kristalina Georgieva

What will it take to move beyond GDP?

Women in Corporate Leadership

Maximizing Innovation for Women, Children & Adolescents’ Health

A Conversation on Refugees with Madeleine Albright

Growing United report launch