Country Director, Bangladesh and Bhutan South Asia Region, The World Bank
Dr. Mercy Tembon is the new World Bank Country Director for Bangladesh and Bhutan from July 1st, 2019. Dr. Tembon, a Cameroonian national, joined the World Bank in 2000 as an Education Specialist in the Africa Region Human Development 2 (AFTH2) Department. She has since held various positions in the World Bank including, Country Manager for Burundi, Country Manager for Burkina Faso and most recently World Bank Regional Director for the South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) in the Europe and Central Asia Region from October 2015 to June 30th, 2019..
Dr. Tembon brings to her new role deep knowledge of Bank operations, a track record in promoting economic growth and social development in several countries, and a reputation for innovative and strategic thinking. She also brings to this position a unique combination of experiences working at the country and sector levels, coupled with extensive multicultural experience of living in different countries and working in several languages.
Dr. Tembon holds a Ph.D. in the Economics of Education from the University of London, a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) and an Executive Education Certificate from Harvard University Kennedy School of Government. She has published widely on education, gender and economic growth issues. Prior to joining the World Bank Dr. Tembon was a Research Officer at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom from 1995 - 1999.