The World Bank has appointed Keith Hansen as the new country director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia and Uganda, effective 8 September 2020.
Hansen, who has over 30 years of experience in development practice, will lead an active multi-country portfolio consisting of over 100 projects totalling 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.
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.
Senior advisory role
Hansen has a strong track record of serving clients in different capacities around the globe, including Africa, the Caribbean and Latin America.
Before this new assignment, he was the vice-president for global practice solutions, vice-president and director for human development and sector manager for health, nutrition and population. His most recent assignment was as a senior advisor in the office of the World Bank chief executive officer.
Keith Hansen, a US 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.
He will be based in Nairobi, Kenya.
He succeeds Carlos Felipe Jaramillo, who was appointed as the Bank’s vice-president for Latin America and the Caribbean region.