Katrina Sharkey is currently Adviser to the World Bank’s Vice President for West and Central Africa. A seasoned development professional with 35 years of experience in international economic development, Katrina joined the Batonga Foundation Board in July 2020. She brings to the table leadership skills, and a track record in strategy development, implementation and governance. She also brings a passion for strengthening the voice and agency of girls and young women, especially those in fragile and insecure environments.
Katrina was World Country Manager to Benin from 2015 to 2019. Previously, she served as Deputy to the Directors for the Bank’s programs in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Niger, Mauritania and Togo, and also worked in country management for the Bank’s programs in Central Africa. Her work on Poverty Reduction Strategies in low income countries exposed her to the challenges and economic opportunities for vulnerable populations across Central and East Asia, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. She has been active in the design and implementation of public expenditure and governance operations in the Maghreb, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Katrina has occupied a number of corporate World Bank roles, including the delivery of programs on the management of transition and public investment – following the fall of the
Berlin Wall – for young leaders from the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and public sector performance in Portuguese-speaking African countries. She also served in the Bank’s Corporate Secretariat with responsibilities including facilitation of relations between Management and the Executive Board.
Katrina began her career as a consultant researcher with the Energy Directorate General of the European Commission in Brussels, where she worked on EU energy cooperation with the People’s Republic of China, Brazil, Ecuador and Turkey.
Katrina has an MA Moderatorship (Honours) degree in French and Spanish and a Higher Diploma in Education, both from Trinity College, Dublin, and a Postgraduate in Business Administration from the Solvay Business School, Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is a graduate of the Program for Senior Managers in Government from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Katrina was decorated in 2019 as Commander of the National Order of Benin by the country’s Grand Chancellor of the National Order of Benin. She is the recipient of World Bank corporate
awards for outstanding achievement in strategy and teamwork, including in the context of the institution’s Ebola Emergency Response. Katrina is the proud mother of an accomplished daughter, Imogen. She has full working competence in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, with intermediate competence in Russian.