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Mr. Xian Zhu is Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the New Development Bank. He is responsible for project lending, other investment instruments operational compliance and project procurement as well as the regional offices of the Bank.
Over the past three decades, Mr. Zhu assumed various senior management roles in the public sector. Most recently Mr. Zhu served as Vice President and Chief Ethics Officer at World Bank Group from 2012 to 2015. Since 2002, he served as Strategy and Operations Director for South Asia, Country Director for Bangladesh (based in Dhaka) and Country Director for the Pacific Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Timor Leste (based in Sydney). From 1999 to 2001, Mr. Zhu served as Executive Director for China in the World Bank Group.
In 2001, Mr. Zhu served in Asian Development Bank based in Manila, the Philippines, first as Senior Advisor for Infrastructure Department, Western Asia Region (South Asia), and then appointed as Principal Director, Co-Finance.
Until the late 1990s, Mr. Zhu worked at China’s Ministry of Finance in various capacities. His last job in Ministry of Finance was Director General, International Department. He also worked in different departments, including External Finance, World Bank Operations and Sovereign Debt Management.
Mr. Zhu graduated from Peking University in 1982 with BA in western language and literature. He won Heinz Fellowship and studied economics in Pittsburgh University in mid-1980s.