Mr. Hartwig Schafer became the World Bank’s Vice President for the South Asia Region in July, 2018. In managing the World Bank’s engagement in South Asia to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity, Mr. Schafer leads relations with all SAARC countries. He manages a portfolio of financial support worth more than $50 billion. Before joining the region, Mr. Schafer served as the Vice President for Global Themes where he oversaw the World Bank’s engagement in corporate priority areas of Fragility, Conflict, and Violence; Gender; Infrastructure, Public-Private Partnerships, Guarantees; Climate Change Finance; and Knowledge Management. He led several key reforms, including the rollout of the Bank’s new policies on procurement, environmental and social safeguards, and innovation of the Bank’s lending and knowledge instruments. A German national, Mr. Schafer has held technical and managerial positions in the World Bank as well as the European Commission for almost 30 years. His academic background is in Economics (PhD) and Agricultural Economics.