Mr. Patchamuthu assumed responsibility as the World Bank’s Country Director for Pakistan on October 1, 2015.
Prior to his current position, he has held several managerial, operational and technical positions in East Asia and Pacific and South Asia regions of the Bank including front line assignments in headquarters and country offices. His previous assignments include:Senior Regional Advisor for Europe and Central Asia Region, a newly created position following the establishment of the Bank’s new operating model in July, 2014. In this role he integrated and facilitated crosscutting work between the Global Practices and country engagement in the region, and across the World Bank Group to deliver integrated solutions to client.
He also served as Manager, Operations for Afghanistan in Kabul; Advisor to Vice President for East Asia and Pacific Region in Washington D.C.; Country Manager for Laos in Vientiane; and Sector Leader for South East Asia in Bangkok. Mr.Patchamuthu’s Bank career span over two decades including leading teams that have delivered complex and innovative operations to Bank clients in environment and natural resources, water energy and urban sectors. He has extensive experience in leading client engagement and managing country portfolios in risky environments that have forged multi-sector approaches to finding solutions to complex development challenges facing countries.
Mr. Patchamuthu, a Srilankan national, joined the World Bank in 1993 as an Environment and Natural Resources Specialist. Before joining the World Bank, he worked in both public and private sectors in variety of managerial and technical roles.He has a master’s degree in environmental engineering and bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering.