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.
- 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
- South-South and practitioner-practitioner knowledge exchange: An effective way to share, replicate, and scale up solutions to development challenges
- World Bank at the World Urban Forum: Three key ways to implement the New Urban Agenda
- What is so unique about the growth (or decline) of cities in Eastern Europe and Central Asia?
- One Planet Summit: Three climate actions for a resilient urban future
- How should we design disability-inclusive cities?
- Resilient transport investments: a climate imperative for Small Island Developing Countries
- Securing the benefits of development for local communities: A series on social safeguards for social sustainability
- Engineering our way out of disasters – the promise of resilient infrastructure
- The localization of the Sustainable Development Goals: Implementing the SDGs in Colombia, Indonesia, and Kenya
- Beyond bright lights and skyscrapers, how can East Asia and Pacific cities expand opportunities for all?