Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa - World Bank, and Director General Designate - IUCN

Inger Andersen, a Danish national, is the Director General Designate of IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, and will assume the role of Director General on 12 January 2015. She is currently the Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, and is responsible for the Bank’s strategy and operations throughout the Region. Inger Andersen has been passionate about environmental sustainability and conservation since the beginning of her career.

Inger Andersen joined the World Bank in 1999, and her work has focussed on water, environment and sustainable development, with special focus on Africa and the Middle East. In 2010, she was named Vice President for Sustainable Development at the World Bank and Head of the CGIAR Fund Council. In this position, she led the Bank’s engagements in the environment, agriculture, water, infrastructure and social development sectors.

Inger Andersen began her career working for an NGO in Sudan in 1982 providing support to rehabilitation and dryland management in the post-drought emergency. In 1987, after five years in Sudan, she joined the UN Sudano-Sahelian Office in New York. With the establishment of the Global Environment Facility, Inger Andersen was appointed UNDP’s Coordinator for the Arab Region in 1992, a position she held until 1999 when she moved to the World Bank. Upon joining the World Bank, Inger Andersen worked in the Environment Vice Presidency on water resources and regional seas issues with special emphasis on large and contested river basins. She subsequently worked in managerial positions in the World Bank’s Africa and Middle East Regions, managing the sustainable development programmes and projects.

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