Our next iklub meeting will be on the second Wednesday of March! The event will be at the Novotel Siam. As always, the event starts at 9.00am until noon, followed by a buffet for all paying members. Our guest will be Bruno Laporte, Director of Thematic Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank Institute! You can register in the calendar on the right, or by clicking here.
From a Knowledge Bank to a Solutions Bank
Two decades of KM at the World Bank
Over the last two decades the World Bank has embarked on a journey to introduce and mainstream knowledge management. The approach has evolved over time, with different phases and different results. However, this journey has led the Bank to realize the centrality of its knowledge assets and to place knowledge services on an equal footing with its lending services. The presentation will cover the evolution of KM at the World Bank and the progress made over time.
About the Speaker
Bruno Laporte is the Director of Thematic Knowledge and Learning at the World Bank Institute. In his current responsibilities, he oversees several Practices aimed at developing the capacity of client countries to access and use knowledge and to design and develop realistic and achievable strategies to address the challenges they face. These Practices include: Growth and Crisis, Climate Change, Urban, Public Private Partnerships, and Health System Strengthening. In this position, he contributed to a far reaching restructuring of the Institute strategy and operations, aimed at combining knowledge, collaborative governance and innovative solutions into capacity development programs.
He joined the World Bank in March 1985 and has worked extensively on education, training and employment issues in several regions of the world, notably Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern and Central Europe. He was appointed Sector Manager for Education in the Human Development Network in 1997, where he contributed to the launch of the Network. He pioneered the development of a very innovative global best practice system in education, organized around Thematic Groups and the Education Advisory Service.
In 2001, he transferred to the World Bank Institute to lead the Bank’s corporate agenda in knowledge management, and provide advice and support to all organizational units across the Bank. In 2004, he became Advisor to the Vice President of the World Bank Institute, focusing on knowledge, learning and quality assurance functions. In 2006, he was appointed Sector Manager for the Human Development Sectors at the World Bank Institute.
Prior to joining the Bank, he worked as an Advisor in the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Ivory Coast. He also worked in the private sector, with Manufacturers Hanover Trust in Paris. He holds degrees in Business Administration from France and in Education Administration and Planning from Harvard School of Education in the USA. Bruno Laporte has a keen interest in contributing to the shift in development paradigm, based on multi-directional knowledge and learning flows, and aimed at building capacity and providing opportunities for countries to identify their own development solutions.