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Name: Alexandre Vieira Abrantes

Nacionality: Portuguese

Place and date of birth: Lisala – Democratic Republic of the Congo November 29, 1951

Marital Status: Divorced

Address in USA: 2853 Ontario Road, NW, Apt 110, Washington, DC, 20009, USA

Telephone in USA: +1 202 294 3090

Address in Portugal: Rua da Prata 250, 4 Esq. Lisboa 1100 423, Portugal

Telephone in Portugal: 351 21 888-8243; Cel 351 91 701-1632

Email: alexandre.,

Current Business Status

World Bank

July 2013 - Senior advisor, Washington DC

Acting Director, Strategy and Operations, and Senior Advisor for the World Bank Regional Vice-president for Latin America and the Caribbean. Supported the Regional Vice-president on all Regional matters concerning strategy, operations and administration.

2010-2013 WB Special Envoy for Haiti, Port-au-Prince

Responsible for leading strategy, dialogue partnerships with Government, bilateral and multilateral partners, civil society and other key stakeholders. In charge of oversight and quality of over 900 million USD grant portfolio, covering emergency, reconstruction and development operations. Responsible for managing the Port-au-Prince country office, with a staff 34.

2007-2009. Program Manager, Portfolio and Operations for the World Bank in Brazil, Brasília.

This is a portfolio of about 13 billion dollars, with over 2 million USD of new commitments per year. The portfolio includes about 57 project loans that cover a wide array of areas including: fiscal and and public sector reform, infrastructure, private sector development, human capital development (education, health and social protection), rural development and sustainable environment. The health portfolio includes projects in the areas of health surveillance and disease prevention and control, HIV/ AIDS,

family health, quality of care and health care financing. The country office includes a 70 professional and support staff.

2006-2007. Program Coordinator, Brazil Anchor Office at WB Headquarters in Washington.

Represented the Brazil team in Washington, caring for the interface with partners of the World Bank, the Board of Directors and the Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean.

2000-2006. Sector Manager of the Human Development Unit for West Africa

Managed of a team of 50 professionals and support, responsible for a portfolio of about 30 projects in education, health and social protection in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Guinea- Bissau, Gambia, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Sierra Leone, and Togo. About 20 of the 50 staff were decentralized in country offices. The portfolio of health projects included broad support to health systems, HIV/ AIDS prevention and control, medical education and health components broad poverty reduction project/credits (PRSCS). The unit was the first non PREM unit to manage such multi-sector programmatic operations. Managed the preparation of the HIV/AIDS Control project in Uganda, and that of the Hospital Reform Project in South Africa. The education portfolio included support to literacy and primary education. The social protection portfolio financed poverty alleviation and community driven development projects.

1998-2000. Sector Leader of the Human Development Team at South Cone

Coordinated the portfolio of education, health and social protection projects in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The portfolio of health projects included nutrition, maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS prevention and control, surveillance and control of communicable diseases, hospital and health insurance reforms. The education portfolio included support to primary education, professional education and science and technology. The social protection portfolio included support to programs such as poverty alleviation, community driven development and temporary employment for the poorer and most vulnerable.

1992-1998. Specialist, Senior Specialist, Lead Specialist of Public Health

Project leader and team member of about 20 health projects in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. The projects cover such diverse areas as nutrition, maternal child health, primary health care, endemic diseases control, malaria control in the Amazon Basin, indigenous health, HIV/AIDS, family health, hospital reform and health insurance reform.

Previous Professional Experience

European Union

1988-1992 Scientific and Principal Scientific Officer, Commission of the European Commission (EU)

Management of EU support for pre-competitive research on medical informatics and Science Program. The latter financed scholarships and grants to foster the association between researchers, science institutions and industry, in at least two EU countries.


1988. Associate Professor, National School of Public Health, Lisbon, Portugal

On leave without pay, to serve at an International Organization of National interests.

1986-1988. Assistant Professor, National School of Public Health, Lisbon

Joint appointment with Assistant Professorship, Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon (Preventive Medicine and Public Health). In 1997, it invested as Vice President of the Scientific Council of the National School of Public Health (Research Section)

1982-1988. Lecturer National School of Public Health in Lisbon

1975-1982. Lecturer of the Microbiology Faculty of Medicine of Lisbon

Ministry of Health

1979-1986. Deputy Health Officer and Senior Health Officer , Ministry of Health, occupying positions in Mafra, Beja, Caldas da Rainha and Lisbon.

1974-1979. Medical intern at the Lisbon University Hospital, and general practitioner in Vila Viçosa, a rural county in SE Portugal.


1984. Dr. P.H. in Public Health, Health Policy and Administration, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.

1979. MSc in Community Medicine. London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, UK.

1978. Diploma in Public Health. National School of Public Health, Lisbon, Portugal.

1974. M.D. Lisbon Medical School, Portugal.

Other relevant training

2013. Improving the Quality of Health Services, International Health Systems Program, Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard University, EUA.

2005. Microeconomic Policy and Management Executive Program, Kennedy School of Management, Harvard University, EUA

2004. Public Financial Management, International Business School, Brandeis University, EUA

2001. Harvard Executive Development Program, Harvard Business School, Harvard University, EUA.

2000. Role of Private Sector in Delivering Health Services. London School of Economics and BUPA International (British United Provident Association), RU.


2013 Latin America and the Caribbean Team Award in recognition of the work to create jobs for Haitians.

2011 Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Award for Excellence in recognition of the work to turn around the financial management of the Haiti Department.

2005 Award "Good Manager of the Year" World Bank

2000 and 2001 Award for Best Performance, World Bank

1998 Award for Excellence in Quality, World Bank

1985 Award Merk Shar and Dhome for Research in Family Medicine

1982 Scholarship Committee INVOTAN

1982 Scholarship of the Institute of International Education

1979 Scholarship British Council

Professional affiliations

Order of Physicians

Medical Sciences Society

Portuguese Public Health Society

Portuguese Association of Epidemiology


Portuguese – native

English – fluent

French – fluent

Spanish – fluent

Publications by Alexandre Abrantes

Abrantes A., "Políticas y prioridades do Banco Mundial em Proyectos de Salud en Africa", Salud y Desarrollo. Retos para el Siglo XXI. (Barcelona, Fundacion Salud, Inovacion y Sociedad, 2005)

Abrantes A., "Contracting Public Health Care Services in Latin America: , in Innovations in Health Service Delivery. The Corporatization of Public Hospitals (Washington, DC: The World Bank, 2003).

Akhavan D., Musgrove P., Abrantes A., Gusmão R., "Cost Effective malaria control in Brazil: Cost-effectiveness of a malaria control program in the Amazon Basin of Brazil, 1988-1996. Social Science and Medicine, 49 (1999) 1385-1399.

Abrantes A., Health Services Reform in Latin America and the Response to the increased burden of disease caused by the AIDS epidemic in the Region", Gac Med Mex Vol 132 (1996) Suplemento Especial : 109-112.

Abrantes A., Tavares A., Godinho J., Manual de Métodos de Investigação em Saúde Lisboa, Edição Especial da Associação Portuguesa de Médicos de Clínica Geral, 1989)

Abrantes A., "Ensino e Aprendizagem em Administração de Saúde I, polémicas acerca do perfil do administrador de saúde e dos objectivos educativos em administração de saúde", Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública, 7 No 1 (1989) :9-17.

Abrantes A., Ensino e Aprendizagem em Administração de Saúde II, conteúdos, métodos e garantia de qualidade nos programas educativos em Administração de Saúde. Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública, 7 No 2 (1989) : 5-12.

Abrantes A. "SIGIS A Microcomputer Based Management System for Primary Health Care Centers", in Cutting Edge Technologis and Microcomputer Applications for Developing Countries (Boulder, Colorado, Westview Press, 1988).

Abrantes A. Benboa R. "Health Policy Trends in Southern European Countries", in Public Health and Protections of the Populations (Elesvier Science Publishers, 1987).

Abrantes A. e Campos e Cunha L, Produção e Consumo de Medicamentos em Portugal, (Lisboa, Apifarma, 1987).

Abrantes A., "A Evolução dos Sistemas de Saúde, Política de Saúde e Desenvolvimento Tecnológico" in Que Política de Saúde para Portugal (Lisboa: SEDES, 1987)

Abrantes A, Brito e Sá A., Tavares A. "Urgências em Cuidados de Saúde Pimários" Revista Portuguesa de Clínica Geral, (numero e paginas a confirmar)

Abrantes A. "Helping front-line health workers to take decisions" in "Round Table – Discussion of Dr. Louis J Opit’s Health Services Information: negating the Finagle’s law". World Health Forum, Setembro 1987

Pinto H.C., Abrantes A., Esteves A.V., Almeida H,, Correia J.P. "Factores de Prognóstico a Longo Prazo nos Doentes Cirróticos com Hemorragia Digestiva", Jornal da Sociedade de Ciências Médicas de Lisboa, 151 (7) (Julho 1987) : 394-400.

Abrantes A., Oliveira A., (Ed) "Aga Khan visita Escola Nacional de Saúde Pública e LABSIS", Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública 5 (Abril-Juno 1987) : 27-31.

Gwyther R., Addison L., Spottswood S., Evens S., Abrantes A., "An innovative Method for Specimen Auto Collection in the diagnosis of Vaginitis", Journal of Family Practice 23 (1986).

Kotch J., Burr C., Toal S., Brown W., Abrantes A., Kaluzny A., "A Performance Management System to Reduce Prematurity and Low Birth Weight", Journal of Medical Systems 10 (1986) : 375-393.

Flemming M.F., Bentz E.J., Shahady E.J., Abrantes A., Bollick C., "Effects of Case Mix on Provider Continuity", Journal of Family Practice 23 (1986) :137-140.

Abrantes A. "Plano Nacional de Vacinação: a nova tripla contra o sarampo, a rubéola e a parotidite epidémica", Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública 3 (1985) : 7-18.

Abrantes A., "Quem paga os Cuidados de Saúde", Acta Médica Portuguesa 6 (1985) :165-169.

Schaeffer M., Abrantes A., "State Systems of Local Health Departments Standards", American Journal of Public Health 75 (June 1985) 649-650.

Abrantes A., Correia E., "Acessibilidade ao Centro de Saúde de Caldas da Rainha", Revista Portuguesa de Saúde Pública 4 (1983) 62-68.

Abrantes A., Natario A., "Morbilidade Revelada na Procura de Cuidados de Saúde Primários no Conselho da Nazaré", Acta Médica Portuguesa 4 (1983) 257-264.

Abrantes A., "Nas Caldas da Rainha Centros de Saúde do Oeste foram à Feira Vender Fruta", Revista de Educação Sanitária (1981) :89-97.

Abrantes A., Batista A., Natario A, "Saúde Pública e Clínica Geral, amigos amigos…" Notícias Médicas Junho 1982).

Abrantes A., "Cárie Dentária e Saúde Escolar", Revista do Centro de Estudos de Nutrição 6 (3) Novembro 1982.

Abrantes A. (Ed), "Doentes Pagam Saúde", Acta Médica Portuguesa 3 (1981) :253.

Abrantes A., "Congresso Mundial da Juventude para a Alimentação e Nutrição" 3 (Nov 1979) :104.

External positions

World Bank Group

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