Jean-Louis Sarbib brings long and deep experience in addressing and solving complex issues in international development, acquired over more than four decades in senior positions at the World Bank and other major international organizations. These include Vice President for Africa, Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa, and Senior Vice President for human development at the World Bank. And subsequently as CEO of Development Gateway, an international non-profit social enterprise focused upon the use of data, technology, and evidence to create accountable institutions and delivering services that improve lives.
Jean-Louis Sarbib has worked extensively with business and academic institutions, including serving as Managing Director at the private equity firm Wolfensohn & Company, and as a non-resident senior fellow at The Brookings Institution. He is currently Head of the Africa and Middle East Practice at Centennial Group International, a Distinguished Fellow of the Emerging Markets Forum, and chair of the ACET Advisory Panel for the G20 Compact with Africa. He serves on a number of non-profit boards (Partnership for Transparency Fund, Feedback Labs, and Open Data Watch); and is a member of the board of governors of several universities, including the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the African University of Science and Technology in Nigeria, and the Nelson Mandela Institution.
Jean-Louis Sarbib is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (now Mines Paris Tech) and holds a Master in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He attended the General Manager course at Harvard Business School. In 2006 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso and received a Lifetime Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the World Bank.