who will be next World Bank President What will they do


Two possible African candidates. The Globe and mail is the first paper to mention two possible African candidates for the presidency of a post- Wolfowitz World Bank.

The article says:

"Some World Bank critics want a more radical leadership change, proposing candidates such as South African Finance Minister Trevor Manuel and Nigeria's former finance minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala."

I am not sure I would call that a radical leadership change, and I am not a World Bank critic by the way. Its more of a credible and smart leadership change. I doubt any of the American names mentioned as possible replacements to Wolfowitz can match someone like Ingozi's experience and record on the key issues of aid to Africa, Anti-Corruption, and the credibility needed to raise the IDA funds. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is now a Distinguished Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC

Her experience, both as a secretary to the board of executive directors and as a long time bank career member that rose through the ranks to the level of VP, also put her way ahead on both the question of building trust with the staff of the bank and also rebuilding the relationship with the board of directors.

The only questions about her chances have to do with whether the President of the US , who has the power to do this, is smart enough to name the first woman, the first African, and the first non-American as the head of the World Bank?.

A Washington source ~ May 17, 2007

Presidents 1946 - Present Day

"Keep track of the rumored candidates, power plays and buzz."
The Washington Post

Next & Previous

« Wolfowitz and Bush have same law firm. | HOME | Reuters: Challenges to U.S. Leadership? »






Malloch Brown

Mr W's cronies

Mr W's past

Mr W's pledges




The Process

Tony Blair

World Bank president

"Offering the rumors and gossip usually reserved for Washington's bars and back rooms."

WBpresident.org in the news

Wolfowitz-Riza-Cleveland: New Evil-doing?
Wolfowitz's right hand man jumps ship.
Caught in the World Bank storm.
We're in the papers! worldbankpresident.org media mentions.
Hot blogging on the World Bank president.
Media contacts.
Card wants Snow.
New candidate, French views.
An £8200 job ad.
Bank chief's parting shots.

"Accomplished and intelligent… sifts through the speculation and brings you the latest news."
The Guardian

Recent Rumours

Zoellick bearhug photo.
Like old times: Zoellick and Lamy
Another middle aged white American for the World Bank !
Globe and Mail: Euros Already Agreed not to Raise Questions
Official: Zoellick according to AP.
It's (un)Official: Zoellick
Zoellick will get the nod from Germany.
An opportunity at the World Bank
UPI: Wolfowitz Replacement This Week
UK involvement in the Foundation for the Future.


The World Bank
Bretton Woods Project

Search this site


May 2007
April 2007
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005

ifiwatchnet     riverpath