World Bank's Environmental Strategy Topic of Talk

A forum on “The World Bank and Its Environment Strategy” will take place on Thursday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. in Bowers Auditorium, Sage Hall, at the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies.

The forum will feature Kristalina Georgieva, director of the environment department at the World Bank, and is part of a series of events exploring the links between the environment and economic development and is sponsored by the Environment and Development Student Interest Group at F&ES.

Georgieva is responsible for shaping the World Bank’s strategy and policies on the environment and responsible for the overall performance of its environmental portfolio, promoting the environmental sustainability of operations in other World Bank sectors, and advancing the World Bank’s role as an implementing agency for the Global Environment Facility and Montreal Protocol.

Prior to her appointment as director of environment, she was environment sector manager for the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, and senior environmental economist in the environment division of the Europe and Central Asia Region.

Before joining the World Bank, Georgieva, a Bulgarian national, was associate professor of economics at the University of National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has held positions as a visiting scholar or guest professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, London School of Economics, Moscow State University, the Australian National University, and the University of the South Pacific in Fiji. In addition, she has consulted on environmental policy for the Bulgarian Government and international companies operating in Central and Eastern Europe.

She has more than 80 publications on environmental policy and sustainable development. She holds a Ph.D in environmental economics and a M.A. in political economy and sociology, both from the Sofia University of National and World Economy.

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