Johannes Zutt is the new director of the World Bank for Brazil


Johannes “John” Zutt has been chosen as the new World Bank director for Brazil, based in Brasilia. He took office on August 1, succeeding Paloma Anós Casero, who is now Director of Strategy, Risk, Results and Learning in the World Bank’s Operations and Services Policy Vice Presidency. .

A Dutch and Canadian national, Zutt joined the Bank in 2000 as Senior Operations Manager for the Angola, Malawi and Mozambique management unit, Africa region. Since then, he has held various positions, including Advisor to the Managing Director and Acting Director of the Integrity Vice Presidency of the World Bank. In addition, he has worked as Country Director in several countries: Turkey, Bangladesh/Bhutan/Nepal and Kenya/Comoros/Eritrea/Rwanda/Seychelles/Somalia. His most recent assignment was as Director of Strategy, Risk, Results and Learning within the Vice President of Operations and Services Policy.

“Zutt’s vast experience will be an asset to one of the most dynamic, innovative and relevant economies in Latin America and the world, with growing influence on the global stage,” said Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, Vice President of the World Bank for the Latin America region. America and the Caribbean.

In his new role in Brazil, Johannes Zutt’s main priorities will be:

  • design and implement the World Bank‘s country work program to support local efforts to reduce poverty and increase prosperity, which includes helping the private sector to create more and better jobs;
  • identify knowledge-based solutions to Brazil’s main development challenges based on the World Bank’s global and regional experience; and
  • manage representation in Brasília, maintain dialogue with the Government of Brazil and other key stakeholders.

“Brazil is going through a delicate moment, still under the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in several sectors. But over the years, it has made incredible progress in reducing poverty, inequality, fiscal stability and environmental sustainability. We also cannot lose sight of the persistent challenges,” Zutt said. “I hope to continue strengthening the Bank’s great partnership with the country, learning from Brazil and helping it achieve a higher level of development and well-being for the people,” he added.

Zutt holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Toronto, a law degree from Harvard University, and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Bar Association of the State of New York, USA.

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