Ede Ijjasz is a Senior Advisor to the MCDF CEO. He provides strategic advice on sustainability and ESG standards, environmental and social safeguards, and climate change. Mr. Ijjasz is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and he advices several institutions such as ADB, the Global Center on Adaptation, The Growth Dialogue, UNDP, WMO, the World Bank and the World Resources Institute, among others.
He was a senior leader on sustainable development and infrastructure at the World Bank. During his career of more than 23 years at the World Bank, he managed a team of 700 staff and more than 1000 consultants working in more than 90 developing and emerging countries in all regions of the world – from fragile and conflict-affected countries to high-middle-income countries. He was responsible for a portfolio of about $80 billion of investments and close to 800 policy and advisory reports. Mr. Ijjasz was regional director for sustainable development and infrastructure for Africa and Latin America, global senior director for the social, urban, rural, and resilience technical practice, and manager of the China sustainable development and infrastructure program.
He recently completed co-editing the book “State and Trends in Adaptation in Africa,” and is working on two other books: “Disruptive Technologies for Sustainable Development” and “Knowledge Management and Organizational Change” to be published by Routledge in 2022. Mr. Ijjasz has been featured in several global media outlets such as CNN, Wall St. Journal, Time, The Economist, LA Times, and CNBC. He has been a lecturer at Tsinghua University and Johns Hopkins University on Sustainable Development courses.