Damien Shiels is a Global Product Specialist for the services sector in the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice (T&C) of the World Bank Group. He is responsible for delivering solutions for T&C’s operations in skills, tourism, IT enabled services, and creative industries. Prior to joining T&C he held a variety of positions within the World Bank Group including Program Manager for the International Finance Corporation, supporting sector-driven economic development in agribusiness, manufacturing, and services operations, and Investment Policy Officer for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency assisting countries and sub-national regions to reduce regulatory barriers to investment, establish proactive investment promotion programs, and develop strategies to attract and grow FDI.
He has delivered and supported projects in East Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Previous to his joining the World Bank Group, Mr Shiels worked in both private sector and non-profit corporations involved in rural development and international disaster relief. Earlier in his career he held positions as a court-appointed mediator, a business development consultant, and a legal adviser.
An Irish national, Mr. Shiels is graduate of Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service and University College Dublin’s School of Law, he has also undertaken studies at De Paul Law School, the London School of Economics, and Harvard University. He is an alumnus of the IFC’s Corporate Leadership Program.