Cormac Mangan of Ireland has been selected as president of the World Bank. He is currently a studying for a Master’s degree in Specialised Economic Analysis of International Trade, Finance and Development at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He completed his undergraduate studies at University College Cork, Ireland in 2010 after which he took a year out to gain professional experience in international development.
Throughout his undergraduate career Mr. Mangan volunteered with both local community and international development organizations. This work lead to his selection in 2010 as “a promising young Irish leader” to take part in the Washington-Ireland Program for Service and Leadership (WIP). WIP is a six-month program that brings together outstanding university students from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland for leadership training, community service and professional development during which they are challenged to develop their vision for the future of post-conflict Ireland. While in Washington, Mr. Mangan participated in policy discussions at the World Bank, USAID and UNDP, met with American members of Congress, and moderated a professional forum on social entrepreneurship.
Mr. Mangan has interned for the World Bank Group’s private investment wing, the International Finance Corporation, in Washington and Paris. He also worked at the development economics research organization, Innovations for Poverty Action, in Tamale, Ghana where he supported management of the Graduation from Ultra Poverty (GUP) randomized controlled evaluation. Mr. Mangan hopes to pursue a career in international development economics after he completes his studies this summer.