Ayat Soliman is the Regional Director for the World Bank Group’s Sustainable Development Department for the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region. Ms. Soliman has over 25 years of experience working on global issues of sustainable development in the World Bank, covering water, agriculture, rural, social and urban development, and climate resilience. Her previous assignments included her role as Practice Director for the Water Global Practice (2018-2019); Sector Manager for Urban and Social Development and Resilience programs in the Middle East and Africa Region (2015 – 2018); Sector Leader for the six countries of Central America (2012-2015), and working as technical specialist on water, agriculture and rural/ urban infrastructure programs covering Latin America & the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, working on transboundary water programs in Africa, as well as working on rural water supply and sanitation and rural infrastructure based in Cairo, Egypt (2000-2007).
In her current assignment, Ms. Soliman is in charge of setting the policy direction, fostering partnerships and ensuring the integrated delivery of country and regional programs of the Sustainable Development Practice Group (PG) in MNA, consistent with the regional/country strategies. She oversees an active portfolio of $5.2 Billion in investments in urban and social development, agriculture, water and environment sectors, as well as analytical work and multi-donor trust funds. Ms. Soliman supports an integrated approach to tackling sustainable development challenges, including climate change, and providing policy advice and operational support in response to specific client needs. She brings extensive experience working in fragile and conflict affected countries, underscoring the importance of water for peace and stability. She holds an MSc and BSc in Environmental and Mechanical Engineering from the American University in Cairo.