Mr. Schafer became VP for Global Themes on July 1, 2017. In this position, he oversees the World Bank Group’s engagement in the corporate priority areas of Fragility, Conflict and Violence, Gender, Infrastructure/PPPs/Guarantees, Climate Change and Knowledge Management. This Vice Presidency strengthens multi-Global Practice collaboration and overall responsiveness to clients. In his prior role as Vice President, Operations Policy and Country Services, Mr. Schafer was responsible for the World Bank’s business policies, practices and procedures for lending products and knowledge services for client countries. He led key reforms, including the roll-out of the Bank’s new policies on procurement and environmental and social safeguards and innovation of the Bank’s lending and knowledge instruments. Mr. Schafer has over 27 years of experience at the World Bank and the European Commission. His background is in economics (PhD) and agricultural economics.