WASHINGTON, Sept 20 World Bank President Robert
Zoellick on Thursday named a highly regarded career staffer,
Caroline Anstey, as his chief of staff, his first high-level
appointment since taking the reins of the bank in July.
Anstey, a British national, is currently World Bank country
director for the Caribbean.
Since joining the bank in 1995, she has been a speechwriter
and close aide to former World Bank President James Wolfensohn,
and chief bank spokesperson and director of media relations.
In the Caribbean unit, Anstey was successful in raising
funds for Haiti's reconstruction as donors prepared to
re-engage in 2004, after former president Jean-Bertrand
Aristide fled into exile amid an armed revolt.
Recently, she was instrumental in an innovative disaster
insurance scheme for Caribbean states, which gives governments
immediate access to funds after hurricanes and earthquakes.
Announcing the appointment, Zoellick said: "Caroline brings
a rich set of skills ... with experience of working in bank
operations, communications, journalism, and parliament."