Jehan Arulpragasam become New World Bank Country Manager for Croatia and Slovenia, He succeeded Elisabetta Capannelli, whose four-year term ended in June.
The new Country Manager will head the Zagreb Office and oversee the strategic, analytical, operational and advisory programme of the World Bank in Croatia and Slovenia. Arulpragasam holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the prestigious Cornell University and then a master’s and a doctorate from the University of North Carolina. He is coming to Croatia with 35 years of experience in the field of international development in more than 40 countries, with more than 10 years of experience in managing the World Bank’s large credit and analytical programmes. After Croatia was classified as a high-income EU country according to the World Bank criteria, this institution’s strategy and approach have changed. The Bank’s current program in the Republic of Croatia is focused on mitigation of economic and social consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, reconstruction after the earthquake, transport, judiciary, innovations, business environment, the land registry system, science and technology and the economic development of the Pannonian Croatia