James Bond, a French national, joined the World Bank Group in 1986. He was appointed Chief Operating Officer of MIGA in March 2008.
James has served in numerous managerial positions at the World Bank. Prior to joining MIGA in 2008, James was the Bank’s Country Director for several francophone countries in West Africa. During this time, the World Bank provided assistance to Côte d´Ivoire in bringing that country’s internal conflict to an end, and financed the demobilization of combatants, emergency reconstruction, and a major sovereign debt workout. James was also based in Antananarivo, Madagascar, as the Country Director covering the countries of the Indian Ocean. Before this, he was Director of Agriculture, Rural Development, Environment and Social Development for the Africa Region, as well as Director of Energy, Mining and Telecommunications for the entire World Bank.
At the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, James was Director of the Mining Department, and was on the Board of the Escondida copper development in Chile. During his tenure a number of important mining projects were financed by IFC, including the privatization of the copper industry in Zambia.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Mr. Bond spent ten years with Total, the French oil and gas company, and also worked for Goldfields, a South African mining company. Mr. Bond holds a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, a graduate degree in energy economics and finance from the French engineering school ENSPM, and a doctorate in economics from the University of Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris.