Geremie Sawadogo(Moderator), Manager HRDC4 and Published Author in Intercultural Competencies
Geremie Sawadogo joined the World Bank Group in April 2004 as Program Manager for Global Mobility. Prior to joining the Bank, Geremie was the Country Director for the US Peace Corps in Benin where he managed a development assistance program in teacher training; HIV/AIDS education; environmental education; and small business development. Geremie Sawadogo is a published author in intercultural competencies and international education. His AfricanXculture assessment tool allows individuals to assess themselves against an African cultural values benchmark
Elisabeth Huybens, Director, Strategy and Operations, Western and Central Africa Region
Elisabeth, a Belgian national, joined the Bank in February 2000 as an Economist in the Africa Region. Since then she has held various positions, including as Resident Representative for Timor-Leste in EAP; Practice Manager for Social Development in ECA; Country Director for Cameroon, Angola, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tome & Principe in AFR; and Regional Director in the EFI Practice Group for Western and Central Africa. She is currently the Director for Strategy and Operations in the Western and Central Africa Region.
Kimm-See Lim, Regional Director, East Asia and the Pacific, International Finance Corporation
Kim-See Lim is the Regional Director for East Asia and the Pacific. Ms. Lim oversees the implementation of the region’s strategy, investment, and advisory business. IFC, the private sector investment arm of the World Bank, has a US$10 billion portfolio in region. Ms. Lim, a global investment professional with more than 25 years of investing experience in emerging markets, has worked across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America. She has been responsible for originating and subsequently managing multi-billion regional equity and debt investment portfolios across the consumer services, infrastructure, and financial sectors. She has successfully led and motivated multicultural and multidisciplinary teams to execute on IFC’s strategy and business globally. Ms. Lim has also served on the boards and advisory committees of private companies in various emerging markets. Her global career in development finance has taken her to more than 30 countries including frontier markets such as Belarus, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Rwanda, and many others. Ms. Lim is passionate about climate change, inclusive growth, and innovation. She is based in Hong Kong and is fluent in English, Cantonese, and Bahasa.
Soukeyna Kane is the Director of the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group at the World Bank. Previously, she was the Country Director for Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger and Chad from 2017 to 2021 and Governance Practice Manager for Europe and Central Asia for 5 years.
Kane, a Senegalese national, joined the Bank in March 2003 as a Senior Financial Management Specialist and has held several positions in the Africa Region, Operations Policy and Country Services (OPCS), Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and Europe and Central Asia (ECA).
Prior to joining the World Bank, she was the Principal Internal Auditor at the African Development Bank. Her extensive experience in the private sector includes the position of Administrative and Financial Director in Assurances Générales Sénégalaises (AGS), as well as manager and senior auditor with ERA Audit et Expertise, AEG Paris and Ernst & Young. Ms. Kane is a Certified Public Accountant and has a Master's degree in Accounting and Finance. She graduated from the Institut Supérieur du Commerce (ISC Paris Business School).
Joyce Monteiro is Associate Programme Specialist in the Inclusion, Rights and Dialogue Section of the Sector of Social and Human Sciences and assists in the implementation of the UNESCO programme related to the promotion of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022); the Programme of Action for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence; and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Prior to her current appointment, Ms Monteiro served as Associate Communication Officer in the Office of the Director-General of UNESCO. During this period, she contributed to the communication strategy of the Director-General, in particular as related to global citizenship education and the prevention of violent extremism. She spent over six years as a lecturer at universities in Brazil before joining UNESCO in 2007. Ms Monteiro holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, a master’s degree in Sociology, both from UNICAMP, and a doctorate in International Relations from the PUC-Rio.