Faris Hadad-Zervos, World Bank’s new Country Manager for Nepal. Picture credit: World Bank website

The World Bank’s new Country Manager for Nepal, Faris Hadad-Zervos, arrived in Kathmandu on Tuesday, The Kathmandu Post reports.

Hadad-Zervos, an American national, joined the Bank in 2001 and has since held various management positions. His most recent assignment was as Country Manager for Malaysia.

“I consider it a privilege and an honour to serve Nepal during these very exciting times,” Hadad-Zervos told The Kathmandu Post.

“I look forward to contributing to the excellent partnership we have built up over the last 50 years,” he said.

According to the report, Faris Hadad-Zervos was selected to this position through the Bank-wide competitive managerial selection process.

Hadad-Zervos, a US national, joined the World Bank in 1996 with the Private Sector Development Department.  He served as Head of Mission for Iraq (2003-2005), Operations Manager for the West Bank and Gaza (2005-2008), and Country Manager for Bolivia (2012-2015). In 2008, he took a leave of absence from the World Bank to serve as the Deputy Head of the Quartet Office for the Middle East Peace Process, based in Jerusalem.

He was a visiting lecturer on economic development in conflict states at Georgetown University and Johns Hopkins University.

Hadad-Zervos has done his Master’s Degree in Economics from George Mason University, and a Master’s Degree in Finance from George Washington University.

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