The World Bank announces Deborah Wetzel as Senior Director for the Governance Global Practice as of April 4, 2016. Dr. Wetzel, or Debbie as she prefers, succeeds Mario Marcel, who left this position to join the Board of Governors of the Central Bank of Chile. The GPSA is one of the units within the Governance Global Practice, which supports countries in building open, effective and accountable institutions for inclusive development.

Previously, Dr. Wetzel was the Director for Brazil, the first woman to hold this position, and Director for Governance and Public Sector in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network. She began her career at the World Bank in 1986 as a Consultant, joining the Young Professionals Program in 1993. During her career, she has worked in Central and Eastern Europe, Ghana, Hungary, Ukraine, Vietnam, Russia, the former Soviet Republics, West Africa and Zambia. Dr. Wetzel has a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Oxford and a Masters in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of publications on fiscal decentralization, public finance, governance, and sub-national affairs.