Victoria Kwakwa

Victoria Kwakwa, a Ghanaian economist, held the position of vice president at the World Bank for East Asia and the Pacific from April 2016 to August 2021. Prior to this role, she served as the country director of the World Bank in Vietnam.

Beginning her career as a young economist with the World Bank in 1989, Kwakwa rose through the ranks to assume leadership positions within the organization. During her tenure as President of the East Asia Pacific Region, she directly managed Rodrigo Chaves, who faced allegations of sexual harassment and assault. Following internal investigations and multiple complaints, Chaves was recalled to Washington and demoted. Despite serving as Chaves’ direct manager, Kwakwa did not take action on the complaints. Chaves later went on to become the Finance Minister for Costa Rica.

In addition to her professional achievements, Kwakwa is a mother of three.

Location: Ghana
Job: Regional Vice President for East and Southern Africa
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