Hartwig Schafer

Hartwig Schafer 

Hartwig Schafer, a German national, has worked for over 18 years in professional and managerial positions in the World Bank and the European Commission. His academic background is Economics (PhD) and Agricultural Economics (MA and MSc) and he has strong operational experience within Africa as well as other regions.

He is currently Director of Strategy and Operations in the Sustainable Development (SDN) Network Vice Presidency, where his top priorities include overseeing the World Bank's engagement in the areas of climate change, sustainable infrastructure, and agriculture and food, as well as coordinating external partnerships with governments, international organizations, the private sector, and the civil society organizations.

Previously Mr. Schafer held the positions of Director for Operations and Strategy, in the Africa Regional Vice President's Office overseeing the implementation of the Africa Action Plan, with its focus on results and scaling up development impact across the Sub-Saharan Africa. He has served as Country Director for Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe and he also was Chief Administrative Officer for the Africa Region.