Hartwig Schafer became Vice President, Global Themes on July 1, 2017. In this position, he oversees the World Bank’s engagement in the corporate priority areas of Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV), Gender, Infrastructure/PPPs/Guarantees, Climate Change and Knowledge Management.
In his most recent role as Vice President, Operations Policy and Country Services, Mr. Schafer was responsible for the World Bank’s business policies, practices and procedures for lending products and knowledge services for client countries. He led a number of key reforms, including roll-out of the Bank’s new policies on procurement and environmental and social safeguards and innovation of the Bank’s lending and knowledge instruments. Mr. Schafer, a German national, has worked for over 27 years in technical and managerial positions in the World Bank, as well as the European Commission. He brings strong operational experience across several regions and sectors.
His academic background is in Economics (PhD) and Agricultural Economics. Previously, Mr. Schafer served as the World Bank’s Country Director for Djibouti, Egypt and Yemen in the Middle East and North Africa Region. He was Director for Strategy and Operations in the Sustainable Development Network. Mr. Schafer has also served as Director for Operations and Strategy in the Africa Region, Country Director for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe and Chief Administrative Officer in the Africa Region.