David Malpass has been named as the 13th President of the World Bank Group. Malpass appointment comes after the World Bank Board of Directors announced that only one nominee was proposed for the position when the deadline closed on Thursday, March 14, 2019.
According to the World Bank, Malpass appointment followed due process as agreed to in 2011, adding that he was subjected to thorough due diligence and a comprehensive interview by the executive directors.
Abrupt resignation led to Malpass’ appointment: The position of the President became vacant when Jim Kim abruptly resigned three years ahead of schedule. Kim had been appointed out of three available nominations – Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Colombian, Jose Antonio Ocampo.
Malpass will be taking over from Kristalina Georgieva, who was appointed as an interim President after Kim’s resignation. Malpass has been appointed for a five-year term beginning on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.
Who is David Malpass
Malpass previously served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs for the United States. During his tenure, Malpass represented the United States in international settings that included World Bank and International Monetary Fund, as well as many other global economic conferences, as stated by the World Bank.
“He represented the United States in international settings, including the G-7 and G-20 Deputy Finance Ministerial, World Bank-International Monetary Fund Spring and Annual Meetings,
“and meetings of the Financial Stability Board, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.
“In his role as Under Secretary, Malpass played a crucial role in several major World Bank Group reforms and initiatives, including the recent capital increase for International Bank for Reconstruction and Development and International Finance Corporation.”
Malpass had long been a staunch critic of the international development bank.
Okonjo-Iweala: Ready to run, but not nominated
During an interview with CNN business reporter, Richard Quest at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Okonjo-Iweala said she’s available if nominated for the position. She, however, said only the right condition will determine her interest.
Okonjo-Iweala made her intention known while addressing reports that she’s interested in the position. She was a front runner in the race against a United States’ nominee, Jim Kim. That prompted many to believe Okonjo-Iweala will be considered.
But she wasn’t nominated for the position.