The World Bank has appointed Eneida Fernandes as its new country manager to lead the bank’s operational programs and engagement in the arrears clearance and debt resolution efforts.
Fernandes, a Brazilian national previously worked as Resident Representative of Cabo Verde, where she played a pivotal role at the height of the COVID pandemic; and a Senior Private Sector Specialist in the Africa Region, Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Unit, at the Headquarters in Washington D.C. and in Antananarivo, Madagascar.
With more than 20 years experience in the development practice spanning operational and management space, Fernandes worked in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa, in close collaboration with IFC and MIGA and other development agencies, for both low- and middle-income countries, and Fragile and Conflict-affected States.
She has authored or co-authored various publications and has had numerous speaking engagements at local and global events.
“I am excited to begin my assignment and look forward to deepening our engagement in the country.
Through knowledge, financing, and partnerships, we will continue to work with the Government of
Zimbabwe and other stakeholders in line with our mission of creating a world free of poverty on a livable
planet,” Fernandes said.
The World Bank country portfolio includes the Zimbabwe Health Sector Development Support Project and
Zimbabwe COVID-19 Emergency Response Project.
The portfolio also includes some advisory programs from the International Finance Corporation, namely the Zimbabwe Destination Development Program.
Other sectors in the portfolio are social protection, energy, water, climate, governance, agriculture, and poverty monitoring. A new country engagement note is also under preparation and will focus on strengthening macroeconomic stability, promoting effective and transparent governance, and building resilience.
Fernandes has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Master’s degrees in Business Administration from Les Roches Hotel Management School in Switzerland; and Tourism Administration from George Washington University, United States of America.