Francis Ghesquiere is Program Manager for Disaster Risk Management in the South Asia Region of the World Bank. He is also a member of the World Bank Global Expert Team on Disaster Risk Management and Chairman of the Advisory Committee to the DRM Labs, a unit of the Global Facility for Disaster Risk Reduction (GFDRR) promoting the use of new technologies in the Disaster Risk Management field. He previously led the Disaster Risk Management team of the World Bank in Latin America and the Caribbean, a team known for its use of innovation in vulnerability reduction and reconstruction programs. Mr. Ghesquiere is a key architect of the World Bank policy for emergency operations (OP/BP 8.0) and of the new contingent financing instruments (CAT-DDO) that have helped accelerate the World Bank’s response in the aftermath of natural disasters. Some noticeable project under his leadership include the establishment of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), which provides CARICOM governments with financial coverage against hurricane and earthquake losses; the development of the Central America Catastrophe Probabilistic Risk Assessment initiative (CAPRA), an open source risk analysis platform to support disaster risk management in the Americas; and the launch the Understanding Risk Forum, which brings together experts and practitioners to explore innovation in disaster risk assessment. He has led numerous post disaster emergency operations, including in the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Ghesquiere worked as a management consultant planning and carrying out business analyses for Fortune 500 companies and governments. Mr. Ghesquiere holds a Master Degree from the Harvard School of Government and an Engineering Degree from the University of Louvain, Belgium. He studied Finance and Economics at New York University, ESADE Barcelona and HEC Paris.
Location: USA , Washington DC Organisation: The World Bank Role: Program Manager