Mr. Marco Mantovanelli is Country Manager for Kosovo and for North Macedonia, in the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank. He is an economic development professional with 20+ years of experience in Latin America, Africa and Europe.
He joined the World Bank Group in the mid-1990s initially providing economic research and analysis to support the design and implementation of urban infrastructure and municipal development projects in Bolivia and Colombia. Throughout his career, Marco held various positions both in headquarters and in field offices.
As task team leader, he specialized in delivering programs to improve education services and increasing schooling opportunities in poor and underserved rural communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In 2000 he was appointed as World Bank’s resident representative in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, and in 2004 he became head of communications services, partnerships and external relations for the Africa department of the World Bank.
During 2007-2011 he served again as resident representative/country manager this time in Bosnia–Herzegovina and then, from 2012, coordinated various corporate programs for the operations policy department in Washington D.C., including managing the negotiations for the Results Measurement System during IDA17 replenishment. During 2014-16, he managed the unit in charge of operational quality assurance and support services for the newly created global technical practices of the World Bank.
He has a master level degree in international relations and political science from the University of Bologna (Italy); and a master degree in international economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced international Studies. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was an economic research consultant in Europe and the US.