Marie-Chantal Uwanyiligira is the World Bank Country Manager for Madagascar since September 1, 2019. A Rwandan national, she joined the Bank as an Operations Officer in 1995 in the Rwanda country office and has subsequently had extensive experience working across various World Bank departments.
Uwanyiligira is an economist by training with more than 20 years of experience in the field of development. She has worked across the World Bank from field to headquarters, in Global Practices and country management. She has held various positions including at the corporate level as Chief of Staff/Deputy Chief to the World Bank Executive, at the country management level leading the formulation and implementation of country strategies and high-level country dialogue, and at the sectoral level including managing a Water Sector Practice Group.
She served as an Assistant to the World Bank President in 2010 before rejoining the Africa region as Country Program Coordinator for Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Senegal. She was also a Practice Manager for the Water Global Practice and Deputy Chief of Staff to the World Bank Group President. Her recent assignment was Head of Office for the Chief Executive of the World Bank. Her prior Bank experience includes executive positions in the private sector as well teaching assignments.
Uwanyiligira holds a master’s degree in Economics and business administration.