Recent developments have raised global attention to the increasing threats that many countries encounter, in terms of vulnerability to natural disasters, climate change, fragility, conflict, and macroeconomic volatility.
Building on the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, other stakeholder insights and recent work by the World Bank’s Independent Evaluation Group, this event will explore how the World Bank Group and its development partners can better assist client countries in improving their resilience to acute systemic shocks.
Caroline Heider Director General of the Independent Evaluation Group
Caroline Heider has more than 25 years of international experience, the majority of which is in evaluation. Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2011, she worked with five multilateral organizations, including the Asian Development Bank, International Fund for Agriculture Development, United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNDP, and the World Food Program. She is a life-time member of the International Development Evaluation Association (IDEAS). She served a 2-year term as vice-chair of the UN Evaluation Group...
the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell Prime Minister, Grenada
In the February 19th, 2013 elections, Dr. Mitchell and his New National Party won all 15 Seats to once again form the government. This marked the second time that his party achieved such a historic feat. On February 20th, 2013, Dr. the Right Honourable Keith Mitchell was sworn in as Prime Minister for the fourth time. Dr. Mitchell is currently the Lead Head for Science and Technology under CARICOM, and the Chair of the Small States Forum. Prime Minister Mitchell is also the Minister of Finance and Energy, National Security, Information, Implementation, Disaster Management and Home Affairs...
Robert Glasser Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
Robert Glasser is the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. From 2008-15 he was the Secretary General of CARE International, one of the world’s largest non-governmental humanitarian organisations. From 2003-7, Dr Glasser was the Chief Executive of CARE Australia. Prior to joining CARE, he was Assistant Director General at AusAID. Dr Glasser has also worked on international energy and environmental policy for the US Department of Energy and on peace and conflict issues at a variety of institutions...
Keiko Honda Executive VP and CEO, MIGA
Keiko Honda is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Grp. Previously, Honda was the first woman senior partner in Asia at McKinsey & Company. There, she advised financial institutions on matters related to corporate finance, corporate strategy, and business development. She has served on a number of Japanese government committees, including the Council of Regulatory Reform...
Ivo Menzinger Managing Director, Global Partnerships, Swiss Re
Ivo is Client Executive for public sector Global Accounts and Business Development activities at Swiss Re with governments, development and non-governmental organisations, based in Zurich. He has held several key positions since 1998 including Head of Sustainability & Emerging Risk Management, Managing Director of Corporate Strategy and Enterprise Steering, reporting directly to the CEO. He co-established Global Partnerships in 2011. He is a member of OECD's High Level Advisory Board on the Financial Management of Catastrophes...
Yasushi Kanzaki Senior Vice President, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
Mr. Yasushi Kanzaki was appointed as Vice-President of JICA on 1 October 2015. Before this position, he served as Director General of the Budget, Personnel and Management Systems Department of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) from 2011-15. As Director General, he was in charge of human resources, budget, and organizational issues at ADB. Mr. Kanzaki has over 30 years of professional experience in public and multilateral institutions since he started his professional career in the Ministry of Finance of Japan in 1983.
Raj Kumar President and Editor-in-Chief, DEVEX
Raj Kumar is the founding president and editor-in-chief of Devex, the media platform for the global development community. A social entrepreneur and digital media executive, he chairs the Humanitarian Council of the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Kumar Raj began his career working in President Clinton’s campaign and later became Principal and Political Director at Penn, Schoen & Berland, the political strategy and polling firm that served Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Mike Bloomberg, Tony Blair, Bill Gates, and dozens of other elected and corporate leaders....