Biden Nominates Ajay Banga as World Bank President

President Joe Biden has nominated Ajay Banga, the former Chief Executive Officer of Mastercard Inc., to serve as president of the World Bank. According to Biden, Banga is “uniquely equipped to lead the World Bank at this critical moment in history.”[0] He has spent over three decades managing successful global companies, creating jobs and bringing investment to developing economies.[1]

Banga is currently vice chairman of the private equity firm General Atlantic and is the first Indian-born nominee to the World Bank president role. He has critical experience mobilizing public-private resources to tackle the most urgent challenges of our time, including climate change.[1] Biden said that Banga’s experience, coupled with his “unique perspective on the opportunities and challenges facing developing countries” will be invaluable to the bank.

The United States has traditionally chosen the head of the World Bank while Europe has selected the head of the International Monetary Fund, but there has been pushback from other nations on this arrangement.[0] Biden’s nomination of Banga, however, is seen as a sign of the Biden administration’s commitment to prioritize global issues such as climate change and public health.

0. “Biden nominates Banga, former Mastercard CEO, to head World Bank” POLITICO, 23 Feb. 2023,

1. “Biden nominates Ajay Banga to lead World Bank with focus on climate change” Washington Examiner, 23 Feb. 2023,

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