High-level Panel on System-wide Coherence

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Jean-Michel Severino, France
Director General, French Development Agency
Former Vice President of the World Bank East Asia and the Pacific

Jean-Michel Severino is a French citizen who was born in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. He began his career working for the French Ministry of Finance and Economy before becoming an adviser of the Minister for Development in 1988. In 1990, he was in charge of the Development Ministry’s geographical coordination before taking the Director’s seat for the Ministry’s Development Programs in 1994. Severino’s career took an international turn in 1996 when he was appointed Director for Central Europe at the World Bank. From 1997 to 2000 he was the World Bank’s Vice-President for Asia. In 2000 Jean-Michel Severino returned to France for an appointment as the Inspector-General of Finance in the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Industry in Paris. In 2001, he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Agence Francaise de Developpement, the French agency for development and cooperation, which intervenes on five continents to reduce poverty, finance economic growth and protect Global Public Goods. Mr. Severino graduated from business school in Paris to enter the Ecole Nationale Administration (ENA), the prestigious school for Public Administration and Policy, from which he graduated in 1984.

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