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Stephanie von Friedeburg, CIO of the World Bank

October 17, 2016

This is one in a series of interviews with financial services CIOs conducted in collaboration with CIO Straight Talk magazine. Read an article by Stephanie von Friedeburg, along with articles by other technology executives, at www.strighttalkonline.com.”

Among other topics, Stephanie discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:

  • The simplification of IT within the World Bank with the consolidation of the IT Department
  • The changing skillsets needed in a simplified organization
  • Digital, and the balance between marketing and IT in a digital organization
  • How IT can act as an advisor to other parts of the business that may not have full visibility into the entire organization
  • How she has utilized the venture capital community in her role as CIO
  • Interesting technologies where the World Bank is actively exploring investment, including drones and satellite imagery
  • How she develops insights from younger employees to develop new ideas
  • How she ensures that she continues to develop insights from the existing employee set as well
  • How she prioritizes ideas at the bank and her take on Waterfall compared to Agile methodologies
  • Crowdsourcing and the areas that it can impact parts of her organization

Stephanie von Friedeburg’s Biography

Stephanie von Friedeburg is the CIO and VP for Information Technology Solutions at the World Bank Group, a role she has held since 2012.  Among other responsibilities, Stephanie is in charge of driving IT strategy and bridging the gap between business and technology at the World Bank Group. Stephanie began her career at the World Bank in 1992, serving in a variety of roles, including CIO for the International Finance Corporation, Manager for IFC General Manufacturing Investments in Russia and the former Soviet republics, and Manager for IFC’s Global Telecommunications Portfolio, among other roles.

Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree from the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.  She received her Master of Arts from the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, also at the University of Pennsylvania.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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