Ajay Banga World Bank President: On May 3rd, Ajay Banga was appointed president of the World Bank for a five-year term commencing on June 2nd by the World Bank’s executive board of 25 members.
Banga, a former CEO of Mastercard, brings his expertise in finance and development to the table and is entrusted with the task of rejuvenating the organization to address pressing global issues such as climate change and other crises.

Joe Biden, the vice president of the United States, proposed to Banga in late February for the position of World Bank president. President Biden stated that Banga is uniquely qualified to lead the World Bank during this pivotal moment in history. He praised Banga for his crucial expertise in securing funding from the public and private sectors to address today’s most pressing problems, such as the problem of climate change.

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Banga emerged as the sole candidate to succeed David Malpass, an economist and former US Treasury official who served as the president before stepping down. Coming from India, Banga brings a distinctive perspective on the opportunities and obstacles faced by developing nations and how the World Bank can effectively implement its ambitious agenda of reducing poverty and promoting prosperity, as emphasized by President Biden.

It is worth noting that Ajay Banga was honored with the Padma Shri Award in 2016 for his remarkable contributions.