Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez is the Senior Director for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.
In this position, Mr. Ijjasz-Vasquez leads a team of over 600 technical experts deployed across the world, leveraging global knowledge and collaborating with partners to help tackle the world’s most complex development challenges in: social inclusion and sustainability; mainstreaming resilience in all dimensions of development; territorial and rural development; and urban planning, services and institutions. His team manages a portfolio of about $29 billion and the delivery of more than 200 policy and advisory reports per year.
Before this, he was Director for Sustainable Development of the Latin America and Caribbean Region since November 2011, covering infrastructure, environment and climate change, social development, agriculture and rural development, disaster risk management, and urban development with an active portfolio of about $17 billion.
From 2007 to 2011, he was based in Beijing, where he managed the Sustainable Development Unit for China and Mongolia. Earlier in his career, he managed the global trust-funded programs ESMAP and WSP in energy and water and sanitation, respectively.
Mr. Ijjasz has a Ph.D. and a M.Sc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in civil and environmental engineering, with a specialization in hydrology and water resources. He has been a lecturer at the Environmental Science and Policy Program at Johns Hopkins University, and at Tsinghua University. He is a Colombian and Hungarian national.
- India: How to help communities break the vicious "disaster-poverty" cycle
- Disasters due to natural hazards are just the tip of the iceberg in MENA cities
- How are we approaching the intersection of fragility, conflict and violence, and disaster risk?
- Building back stronger, faster, and more inclusively
- The 3 challenges in building urban resilience in Freetown
- Resilient housing challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia
- Operationalizing the Action Plan on Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience
- A new Good Practice Note for development professionals on mitigation and prevention of gender-based violence
- Toward a livable Dhaka
- Resilient schools, resilient communities: Improving education infrastructure for Syrian refugees and host communities in Turkey
- Debunking myths about migrants, refugees, and jobs in South Africa
- Urban 20: Las ciudades, centro de soluciones locales para los desafíos del desarrollo global
- Urban 20: Cities at the center of local solutions to global development challenges
- Glass Half Full: Improving water and sanitation services in Tajikistan
- Here’s what everyone should know about waste
- Three key factors for boosting the productivity of Latin American and Caribbean cities
- What it takes to help internally displaced persons
- The harsh realities – and hopeful solutions – of internal displacement
- What Super Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines told us about building back better
- Building LGBTI alliances isn’t just for solidarity, but key to shared prosperity
- Construir alianzas LGBTI no es solo un tema de solidaridad, sino una clave para la prosperidad compartida
- Tous alliés pour la cause LGBTI : une question de solidarité, mais aussi un impératif pour la prospérité partagée
- Understanding Risk Forum 2018: How data and technology can save (hundreds of) billions of dollars from natural disasters
- Roma inclusion: leveraging opportunities for social change
- Promoting social inclusion to achieve zero discrimination