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Afef Haddad

Country Program Coordinator Deputy to the Director, Maghreb and Malta, World Bank

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Afef Haddad is the Country Program Coordinator and Deputy to the director of the Maghreb and Malta at the World Bank Group (WBG).  She oversees the development and execution of strategies, programs and projects of the World Bank in the Maghreb countries and Malta and is leading the initiatives on gender issues. Afef Haddad is currently leading the World Bank’s Women Economic Empowerment Initiative in the Maghreb. This innovative initiative leverages the creativity of the Maghreb’s Technology savvy millennials to empower rural women.  The “EmpowerHer Maghreb” initiative aims at engaging the youth to develop solutions to address the economic opportunity challenges faced by rural women who are most in need and have much to offer.
Afef Haddad has extensive operational experience in three regions: Latin America and the Caribbean, Middle East and North Africa, and Sub-Saharan Africa. She also has extensive WBG corporate experience because of her work in the office of the Global Practices’ Vice Presidents where she led the strategy update efforts to the Executive Directors.  
Afef Haddad holds a Ph.D in International Economics from Sorbonne, Paris.  She is a published author on International Trade topics.