The World Bank has announced the appointment of Rachid Benmessaoud as the new Country Director for Nigeria and Coordinating Director for West Africa Regional Integration.
In a statement on Monday, the bank said Mr Benmessaoud joined the World Bank in 1990 as an energy planner in the then Europe, Middle East and North Africa Vice-Presidency. He takes over from Marie Francoise Marie-Nelly, whose tenure ended in July.
A Moroccan, Benmessaoud has held various positions in the bank, including lead energy specialist, operations advisor for India, with his most recent assignment being the country director for Pakistan.
“Benmessaoud will lead the country programme and team to continue to improve the impact of the World Bank’s portfolio in Nigeria and to support the government’s development priorities, including power, education, quality of public spending, trade and regional integration,” the statement said.
He had worked on energy, infrastructure and municipal finance projects in North Africa, Central Europe and South Asia, according to the statement.
The new country director is an electrical engineer and has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the United States of America and a doctorate degree in Engineering from France.
According to the World Bank, Benmessaoud’s appointment becomes effective from October 1, 2015.