Dakar, 10 October, 2017 – The World Bank has appointed Ms. Elene Imnadze as Resident Representative for the Gambia, starting on September 1, 2017.
Elene Imnadze, Georgian national, joined the Bank in 1999 as a Projects Officer in Europe and Central Asia region (ECA). She accumulates 19 years of bank experience, during which she held various positions, including Sr. Public Sector Management Specialist in ECA, and Sr. Operations Officer in Botswana. During 2007-2009 she took a sabbatical to lead establishment of Free University, a new private university in Georgia. Prior joining the Bank, Elene was Office and Project Manager for the United Methodist Committee on Relief. Before her appointment to the Gambia, she served as the World Bank Resident Representative for Botswana. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Maxwell School of Syracuse University (the United States) and Master’s degree in Near Eastern Studies from Tbilisi State University (Georgia).
The World Bank portfolio in the Gambia is composed by 5 projects for a total engagement of US$85 million. In addition to these national projects, The Gambia benefits from two regional IDA projects amounting to US$50.00 million (Energy and Higher Education).
The Gambia Country Office is part of the regional bureau of the World Bank based in Dakar (Senegal), and led by Louise Cord as Country Director for Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia, and Cabo Verde.