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Meet the Team

 

 

Our team of public debt management professionals
co-authored the IMF-World Bank Guidelines for Public Debt Management.

 

 

Our market experts execute more than $20 billion in derivatives transactions annually to manage risks on IBRD's balance sheet and on behalf of clients.

 

 

In addition to the skills of the core team, we draw on the expertise of colleagues across the World Bank Treasury to deliver tailored capacity buidling services.

 

Phillip Anderson, Senior Manager, Banking and Debt Management
Phillip Anderson has more than 25 years of experience in the field of public debt management. Before joining the World Bank in 2002, he worked in the New Zealand Debt Management Office for 15 years, where he was a member of the establishment team set up to reform public debt management. There he also held a number of front-office and management positions, including that of Treasurer from 1997 to 2002. He is currently Senior Manager, Financial Advisory and Banking, and has overall responsibility for the debt management advisory activities of the department, which, in addition to country assignments, includes training courses for IBRD countries and publications on sound practices.
Cigdem Aslan joined the World Bank in 2010 with more than 15 years of experience in sovereign debt management. She was part of the initial team that designed and implemented debt management strategies at the Turkish Treasury. Prior to her move, she led the Credit Risk Management department where she was responsible for a range of policy issues and risk management activities mainly associated with the government's contingent liabilities, sub-nationals, and public-private partnerships. In her current position, Ms. Aslan contributes to World Bank capacity building activities and advisory services on public debt management reform programs. She also works on research activities related to government debt management strategy, risk management, governance, and debt market development. Cigdem Aslan
Fritz Florian Bachmair joined the World Bank in 2013. He advises governments on developing debt management strategies and managing risks from contingent liabilities. His focus is on helping clients develop systems to assess fiscal risks arising from guarantees and on-lending. Client governments with which Mr. Bachmair has worked include Colombia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Paraguay, South Africa, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and Turkey. Before joining the World Bank, he worked at McKinsey & Company where he advised multinational insurance corporations, media conglomerates, federal ministries and central banks.
Rodrigo Cabral has over 10 years of experience in sovereign debt management. Before joining the World Bank he worked at the Brazilian National Treasury where he was Deputy Head of the Public Debt Strategic Planning Department (middle-office). He was also part of the team that set up the Brazilian middle-office and developed its risk management framework. His areas of expertise include risk management, strategic planning, macroeconomic scenarios, and investors relations. Mr. Cabral has published several papers in the field of public debt management and co-authored the book “Public Debt: the Brazilian experience.” Rodrigo Cabral, Senior Financial Officer, World Bank Treasury
Elizabeth Currie
Elizabeth Currie has more than 20 years of experience managing both sides of the government balance sheet, having worked in reserves management and debt management in Colombia’s central bank and ministry of finance before joining the World Bank in 1998. As Lead Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury, Ms. Currie has participated in the assessment and reform of public debt management in numerous countries including  Bulgaria, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, The Gambia, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Korea, Liberia, Malawi, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, and Venezuela. She has also authored and co-authored several publications in the field of government debt management.
Lars Jessen has 20 years of experience in the field of public debt management, including asset and liability management, risk modeling, and management of contingent liabilities. Before joining the World Bank in 2002, Mr. Jessen was a Special Advisor on government debt management for the Danish Central Bank. As Lead Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury, Lars has worked on the assessment and reform of public debt management in Egypt, Indonesia, Lebanon, Mongolia, Thailand, Turkey, Zambia, and others. Lars Jessen, Lead Financial Officer, World Bank Treasury
Antonio Velandia Antonio Velandia-Rubiano has over 17 years of experience in the public debt management sector, gained at the Central Bank of Colombia, where he was Vice-President for International and Monetary Affairs, and as Lead Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury. Mr. Velandia-Rubiano joined the World Bank in 1999 and has participated in the assessment and development of reform plans for public debt management in Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Panama, Romania, Ukraine, Tunisia, and others. He has also co-authored various publications on government debt risk measurement and management.