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Sheila Redzepi

Vice President for External and Corporate Relations, World Bank Group
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Sheila leads the Bank Group’s efforts to build strategic relationships with foundations, philanthropists, parliamentarians, civil society and other key partners in support of World Bank Group’s mission to end extreme poverty and boost shared prosperity. In this role Sheila oversees advocacy and corporate communications as well as government relations and legislative affairs in key donor countries.

Her responsibilities include management of the Bank Group’s regional offices and strategic presence in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Europe and Japan as well as engagement with the G7, G20 and the OECD.

Sheila serves on the World Bank Group’s senior leadership group and advises the President and CEOs on strategic communications and stakeholder engagement decisions.

She is a Board Member and Treasurer for the World Bank Community Connections Fund, the nonprofit that oversees the World Bank Group's workplace giving and matching program. Over the past 15 years the program generated over $39 million for charitable organizations in the Washington D.C. metropolitan region and around the world.

In 2017 Sheila was named a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (YGL).

Sheila joined the World Bank Group from Unilever, where she was Global Vice President for Sustainability Policy and Advocacy. She worked alongside Unilever's CEO managing engagement with industry platforms, international organizations, multilaterals and CSOs. She also oversaw Unilever’s external affairs offices in Brussels and Washington D.C. as well as the implementation of the Sustainable Living Plan in Unilever’s Europe region.

Before joining Unilever in 2013, Sheila worked for Weber Shandwick, the global public relations agency, initially in government affairs in the U.K. and in Brussels as head of international affairs. As part of a wider effort to expand the company’s engagement strategies for purpose-driven brands and non-profit organizations Sheila was appointed head of Weber Shandwick’s Social Impact practice in the EMEA Region. She began her career working at the United Nations and in gender advocacy.

A Danish national born in the former Yugoslavia, Sheila earned her Masters of Philosophy in Media Studies from the University of Bergen, Norway, as well as a Master of Arts in International Political Economy and a Bachelor of Arts in Modern History and Politics from the University of Sheffield, U.K. 

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