Dr Vera Songwe is the World Bank Country Director for Senegal, Cape Verde, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, and Mauritania, based in Dakar, Senegal. A Cameroonian national, she joined the Bank in 1998 as a young professional in the East Asia and Pacific Region. She has worked on several countries and regions including Cambodia, Morocco, Tunisia, Malaysia, Mongolia, and the Philippines. Prior to joining the Bank, she was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Southern California and at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, USA. She is a non-resident senior fellow at the Brookings Institute with the Global Economy and Development and Africa Growth Initiative and is a member of the African Leadership Network. She has published several articles on governance, fiscal policy, agriculture and commodity price volatility and trade. She holds a PhD in Mathematical Economics from the Center for Operations Research and Econometrics at the Catholic University of Louvain-la-Neuve in Belgium.