Lead Urban Specialist
Victor Vergara joined the World Bank in 1991 and contributed to the preparation of Urban Management Program publications including Better Urban Services: Finding the Right Incentives. In 1994 he joined the Latin America & Carribean region where he led the preparation of urban technical assistance components of the Mexico northern border environment project as well as leading urban projects in Guatemala, Venezuela and Peru. In 1998 Victor moved to the World Bank Institute where he managed the Municipal Development Program for Eastern and Southern Africa and led several innovative capacity building initiatives including the Africa Local Government Action Forum (ALGAF) and the Digital Municipal Radio "electronic campfire" program. In Latin America Victor was among the first to apply large scale video based capacity building initiatives and also pioneered capacity building development using community radio and on-line courses. As an urban planner, Victor championed work to promote municipal planning institutes, participatory municipal budgeting and sustainable land use planning. In 2009 Victor moved to the East Asia & Pacific region as urban practice leader where he led the technical review of operational and AAA initiatives throughout the region. He also facilitated communities of practice on urban waterfront renewal, land use planning as well as assisting staff with communities of practice on housing, cultural heritage, solid waste management and slum upgrading. In 2012 a team led by Victor initiated the preparation of the EAP urban flagship which addresses managing rapid urban expansion. Victor is the co-chair of the Bank's housing and land thematic group.