World Bank Executive Directors Directory

Executive Directors oversee the day-to-day operations of the World Bank, approving all lending operations, policies and strategies, and institutional budgets and audits.


They also hold discussions on operations evaluations, development trends, and strategic directions for the Bank. The Executive Directors also formally appoint (although the U.S. Government selects and nominates) the President of the World Bank, who serves as chair of the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is made up of 25 Executive Directors, representing all member countries of the World Bank.

The five largest shareholders are entitled to appoint their own representatives: United States, Germany, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom. Three “single constituency” Board chairs also have their own seat: the Peoples Republic of China, the Russian Federation, and Saudi Arabia. Sixteen Board chairs are divided among the remaining member governments. All 47 sub-Saharan Africa countries are represented by just three Executive Directors.

Each Executive Director also serves on one or more of five standing committees. Click here for full list of board committees and their members.

Twice a year, the Executive Directors hold a Roundtable with civil society organizations at the Civil Society Policy Forum. Click here for a summary of the spring 2015 proceedings.

During the Spring Meetings and Annual Meetings, the Bank Information Center, in partnership with CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation and its members, award an Executive Director’s Office with the Open for Business Award. The Award emphasizes the importance of accessible and transparant websites. Click here for more information on the award.

Click on a country in the drop-down list, or on the map, to find out more information about its current World Bank Executive Director and their office.