NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 7- World Bank has appointed. Keith Hansen as the new country director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda effective September 8, 2020.
He takes over from Carlos Felipe Jaramillo who was appointed as the Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean region.
Hansen who will be based in Kenya’s capital Nairobi has over 30 years of experience in development practice, will lead an active multi-country portfolio consisting of over 100 projects totaling more than US$13 billion.
Under Hansen’s leadership, the World Bank will work closely with the four countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with a specific emphasis on COVID-19 recovery.
Hansen previously worked as Senior Advisor in the Office of the World Bank Chief Executive Officer.
He also worked as the Vice President for Global Practice Solutions, Vice President and Director for Human Development and Sector Manager for Health, Nutrition and Population.
His appointment comes at a time when the governments of Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda are confronting both the immediate and longer-term health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.
According to World Bank, Hansen has a strong track record of serving clients in different capacities around the globe, including in Africa, Latin American, and the Caribbean. Prior to this new assignment.
He is an American national, holds a Law Degree from Stanford University, a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Yale University.