Mr Francis Ghesquiere
Manager, East Asia & Pacific Region, World Bank
Francis Ghesquiere is the Practice Manager for the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Region, where he is in charge of operations and strategy, technical quality control and risk management of a $4 billion portfolio of infrastructure lending, technical assistance, and advisory services focused on urban development, risk and resilience, and land management. Mr. Ghesquiere was the Head of the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Management (GFDRR) until June 2018. He is known for his leadership on several flagship initiatives, including the establishment of Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Central America Probabilistic Risk Modeling Initiative, and the Understanding Risk Forum (UR). He was also key in the design of new policy instruments to help accelerate World Bank response to disasters, including the policy on emergency operations and innovative contingent financing instruments such as the CAT-DDO and Contingent Emergency Response Components. He holds a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Government and an Engineering Degree from the University of Louvain. He also studied Finance and Economics at New York University, ESADE Barcelona and HEC Paris.