David Lawrence

David Lawrence has more than 20 years of experience managing and advising on private sector development programs in the former Soviet Union and East Asia. Lawrence has worked in the public-private partnership development section of the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group. He recently completed a one-year assignment with the World Bank in Jakarta focusing on post-disaster reconstruction in Indonesia. Lawrence has managed IFC initiatives in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Armenia, and has provided ongoing strategic support globally on operations, strategy, and program development. His experience includes project design, implementation and supervision, coordination with donors, human resources, compliance, knowledge management, and communications. He has worked closely with a wide range of donors including the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden, and the Netherlands. He played a key role in establishing IFC’s advisory services programs in the former Soviet Union, Mongolia, and Aceh, Indonesia, on topics such as corporate governance, leasing, agribusiness, and SME development. As regional deputy head, Lawrence gained experience in all areas of managing large, technical assistance programs while overseeing more than 300 people in seven countries. This model was recognized as best practice at the IFC-World Bank and was replicated in other technical assistance facilities throughout the world. More than 800 IFC staff, based in more than 40 countries, is engaged in this work today. Lawrence has represented the IFC in Armenia, Georgia, Mongolia, and the Indonesian province of Aceh. Since 2010, he has worked as an independent consultant supporting the IFC’s global work on public private partnerships and World Bank Group knowledge management initiatives. He holds an MBA from the University of Michigan.

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