World Bank Liberia Has a New Country Manager

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World Bank Liberia Office new Country Manager, Mr. Khwima Nthara

MONROVIA – The World Bank has named Mr. Khwima Nthara as the new Country Manager for Liberia. Mr. Nthara will be succeeding Ms. Larisa Leshchenko, who comes to the end of her tenure on July 31.

Nthara, a Malawian national, joined the Bank
in 2005 as an Economist in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management
Department. He comes to Liberia with extensive World Bank experience in the
field and at headquarters. He is currently an Economic Adviser in the World
Bank Operations Policy and Country Services (OPCS) Vice Presidency in
Washington D.C., where his main duties include providing advice and guidance to
senior management and task teams on the Bank’s strategic approaches to
supporting client countries, as well as on specific financing instruments, such
as budgetary support.
Prior to this position, he has held various
field positions in the Africa, and East Asia and Pacific Regions, including as
Program Leader in Nigeria and Senior Country Economist for Nigeria, Myanmar and
Malawi.

Before joining the World Bank, Nthara had
worked as an Economics Lecturer at the University of Malawi, Country Manager
for the Malawi Trade and Poverty Program, and Country Manager for Deloitte’s
Development Consulting Practice.

In his new position, Mr. Nthara will lead
the Bank’s day-to-day dialogue with the government and key stakeholders in
Liberia on a broad range of policy issues including implementation of the
Country Partnership Framework in support of the development priorities of the Liberian
government. He will also manage the country office, provide leadership, and
mentor staff in implementing the priorities of the new Africa Strategy.

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Nthara holds a Ph.D. in Economics and a
Master’s degree in Economics of Developing Countries, both from the University
of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
His appointment takes effect on August 1, 2019.


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