Sislain appointed as World Bank country director for Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka

The World Bank has appointed David Sislen as the Country Director for Nepal, Maldives, and Sri Lanka. David will handle the responsibilities of the country director for Maldives and Sri Lanka from the sub-regional office of the World Bank in Kathmandu.

At  a reception event upon his arrival, Finance Minister Barshaman Pun expressed his belief that the tenure of the new country director, David, would be pleasant. He also expressed his confidence that David's tenure would be successful in continuing the efforts started during the term of the outgoing country director, Faris Hadad-Zervos, and in fostering further cooperation.

Finance Minister Pun said that he was happy to welcome David on the eve of the World Bank Group's International Development Organization (IDA-21) meeting in Nepal starting on Tuesday. He mentioned that the relationship between Nepal and the World Bank had reached a higher level during the tenure of the outgoing Country Director, Faris.

Prior to this position, Sislen was the Practice Manager for Urban and Disaster Risk Management for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank. He holds Master's degrees in Economics and Geography from Johns Hopkins University and Macalester College (USA) and has worked extensively on issues of infrastructure, urban development, and decentralized service delivery in Europe, Latin America, Africa, East Asia and the Pacific.