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Michael Nelson appointed acting IDB country representative for Bahamas

Michael Nelson, a dual national of Trinidad & Tobago and the United Kingdom, has been appointed acting country representative for The Bahamas, effective July 1st, 2018.

He has direct responsibility for supervision of the IDB sovereign-guaranteed portfolio, including loan operations, technical assistance grants and operational knowledge products. He is also a co-author of the past three IDB country strategies on The Bahamas.

Nelson started at the IDB as a research fellow in the South America Department supporting managerial reviews of project design and execution in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay. He then moved to the Office of the General Manager in the Caribbean Country Department as an operations consultant, subsequently becoming country coordinator, designing IDB medium-term country strategies, and covering the public and private sector portfolios of several IDB Caribbean countries, including The Bahamas, Jamaica, Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago. Nelson has been the recipient of several IDB performance awards including the Vice-President for Countries Award in 2013, the Antonio Ortiz Mena President’s Award in 2014, and the Environmental Sustainability Award in 2015. He has also served as a former director of the IDB Staff Association.

Nelson is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in government. He holds a Master of Business Administration in finance and international business from George Washington University, also in Washington, D.C. He is a certified project management professional and is fluent in Spanish, with knowledge of French and Portuguese. He is married to Marissa Nelson and together they have one child, Zayla. His hobbies include tennis, soccer and reading.

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