Why and How Change is Coming to the World Bank – Podcast with New CEO Kristalina Georgieva

April 13, 2017

Just ahead of the annual World Bank/IMF spring meetings, the Bank’s new CEO, Kristalina Georgieva, spoke with me about a new way of thinking at the 72-year-old institution. The Bank has renewed ambition, she told me, to be a catalyst for massive transformative investment in development. She went on to lay out how the Bank plans to do that in this edition of the CGD Podcast.

Georgieva has returned to the Bank to take up the newly-created role of CEO after years in high level positions within the EU and its governing structures, including as head of its refugee and migration policy. So I also asked her how the Bank’s new way of thinking could address transnational problems like the refugee crisis and climate change, and how all the multilateral development banks can work together better – something CGD examined in a major report last year.

Listen to the podcast above or on iTunes, and check out what CGD will be up to during the spring meetings. 


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