World Bank Appoints New Country Director for Maldives, Nepal, & Sri Lanka

The World Bank has appointed David Sislen as the new Country Director for Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, effective July 1, 2024. Sislen takes over from Mr. Faris Hadad-Zervos, who will transition to a new role within the World Bank organisation.

In a press release shared today, the international financial institution reveals that Sislen, a dual national of the U.S. and Italy, has had extensive experience with the Bank since 2001.

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The World Bank disclosed that Sislen started his career as an economist in the urban cluster unit and has since held various significant operational and managerial roles across different regions. His most recent role was as the Practice Manager for Urban, Disaster Risk Management, and Land in the Latin America and Caribbean Region, based in Washington, D.C.

Expressing his anticipation for the new role, Sislen highlighted his commitment to engaging with stakeholders and partners across the three countries.

“My key priority will be to lead strategic dialogues that shape and execute operational engagements aligned with the World Bank’s focus on speed, scale, and impact,” Sislen stated.

In his new capacity, Sislen will oversee the World Bank’s portfolio in the Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, which is currently worth approximately $4.8 billion.

According to the press release, Sislen’s appointment highlights the World Bank’s commitment to utilizing expertise and strategic leadership to address the unique development challenges faced by Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

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