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.
- 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?
- Punjab, Pakistan has just transformed its land record management system. What can we learn?
- Africa Hydromet Forum: Improving climate and weather forecasting to build disaster resilience
- Cat DDOs: More than emergency lending for disaster relief
- Tres razones por las que todos debemos preocuparnos por los pueblos indígenas
- Three reasons why we should all care about Indigenous Peoples
- 3 raisons de nous soucier du sort des populations autochtones
- ثلاثة أسباب تحتم علينا جميعا الاهتمام بالشعوب الأصلية
- When Afghan refugees come home
- زمانیکه مهاجرین افغان به خانه بر می گردند
- کله چې افغان کډوال خپل هېواد ته راستنیږي
- How can conflict-affected cities become better hosts to refugees? The case of Afghanistan
- Tunisia: Improving local governments’ performance through annual performance reviews
- Drought-stricken Somalia is at risk of famine (again). How can we help?
- Chongqing, China: Revitalizing urban growth, sustainably
- Pueblos indígenas urbanos: la nueva frontera
- World Refugee Day: What you need to know about the displaced and their host communities
- Urban Indigenous Peoples: the new frontier
- Prepare better today for tomorrow’s natural disasters – It’s possible