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John Roome

Regional Director, South Asia Sustainable Development

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John Roome is Regional Director, South Asia Sustainable Development at the World Bank. Before that he was the Senior Director leading the World Bank’s work on Climate Change from 2015 to 2019. John joined the World Bank in 1989, working initially in Africa. He has since held various leadership positions including Director for Sustainable Development in the Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific Region, Operations and Strategy Director in the Bank’s South Asia region and as Operational Quality Director in the Bank’s Africa region. His Bank experience spans water, urban, transport, energy, rural, agriculture, environment, and social sectors, as well as disaster risk management and climate change. Before joining the World Bank, John worked in Europe for Monitor Company, a leading corporate strategy consulting firm, and at Old Mutual, a South African Life Assurance Company. He was educated at Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, where he obtained Masters Degrees in Econometrics and in Management Studies, and at the University of Cape Town where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Statistics and Actuarial Science. He is married with three children and enjoys running, biking, hiking and kayaking.