Francis Ato Brown assumes duty as the newly appointed World Bank Country Manager for Sierra Leone.
Ato, as he is popularly called, is a Ghanaian national who joined the Bank in 1991 as a Program Officer in the UNDP-World Bank Water and Sanitation Program. He has since held various positions, his most recent assignment being Manager, Water Sector in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Before then, he was Sector Leader for the Sustainable Development Network for Tanzania, Uganda and Burundi, and was based in the Bank’s Tanzania Office.
In his new position, Ato’s top three priorities will be to: (i) develop and implement the Country Assistance Strategy (CAS) and lead the Bank’s dialogue with the Sierra Leonean authorities; (ii) support the development of high quality work program and sector strategies based on the CAS and attuned to the demand and the country context of Sierra Leone; and (iii) lead and support staff in implementing the priorities of the region’s Strategy while adjusting to corporate realities and opportunities.
Ato holds a Master of Science degree in Infrastructure Planning from the University of Stuttgart in Germany and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.