Professor Callisto Madavo, a visiting professor to the African Studies Program, currently teaches a course on African Development. Before coming to Georgetown, he held several senior level positions in the World Bank, among them were the Regional Vice President for the Africa Region, Country Director for East Asia, Country Director for East Africa, Vice President Africa Region, Country Director for the East Asia and East Africa regions, as well as Division Chief of the Pakistan Programs Department. Most recently, he has served as a special advisor to the president if the World Bank. Professor Madavo has extensive experience in developmental work in a wide range of country program issues as well as sectoral matters including urbanization in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He championed a number of initiatives at the World Bank including the HIV/AIDS initiative, capacity development and infrastructure.
Professor Madavo was in charge of a myriad of World Bank-supported activities in 47 sub-Saharan African countries including Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Somalia and Sudan. The main activities focused on economic growth and poverty reduction, and promotion of good governance. Other activities included private sector development, post-conflict programs, and social sector development. He was responsible over 1300 staff with an administrative budget of more than 250 million a year and annual commitment of more than US$ 4 billion in loans and grants. He did the same for East Asia in Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, the Phillipines, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Laos, and Myanmar.