Christian Bodewig

Christian Bodewig

Lead Economist, Social Protection and Jobs, Africa

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Christian Bodewig is a Lead Economist and Program Manager of the Sahel Adaptive Social Protection Program at the World Bank which supports programs to help protect poor and vulnerable households from the impact of climate change.

Prior to his current assignment, he was the Program Manager for Southern Europe at the World Bank in Brussels where he oversaw the Bank’s operational, advisory and analytical programs in Greece, Cyprus, Italy and Portugal. Between 2013 and 2018 he served as program leader for inclusive growth in the European Union where he coordinated the World Bank’s lending and advisory projects in education, health, poverty and social protection and jobs in EU Member States. Between 2009 and 2013 Mr. Bodewig worked in the East Asia and Pacific department where he coordinated the Bank’s human development program in Vietnam and led analytical and operational activities in education and social protection. Between 2003 and 2009 he worked on operational and analytical projects in education and social protection in South-Eastern Europe, based in Washington DC, Sarajevo and Sofia.

Mr. Bodewig is the co-author of the 2018 World Bank study "Growing United: Upgrading Europe's Convergence Machine" as well as the 2014 Vietnam Development Report and has published on education, skills, social protection and labor market issues in Europe and Asia.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Bodewig was one of the founders of the German youth initiative “Schüler Helfen Leben” focused on promoting education opportunities of youth in South-Eastern Europe.

Mr. Bodewig holds degrees in economics and political economy from University College London and the London School of Economics. He is fluent in English, German, and French.