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Federico Basañes

Manager of Knowledge, Innovation and Communication Sector


Federico Basañes, an Argentinean citizen, was appointed Manager of Knowledge, Innovation and Communication Sector, effective June 2018.

Earlier, he served as Manager of Knowledge and Learning (2014-2018) and Chief of the IDB’s Water and Sanitation Division (2007-2013). During his 22-year career at the Bank, Mr. Basañes worked on issues related to infrastructure and led many operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Basañes is the author of several articles and publications on infrastructure, mainly in the areas of water and sanitation, energy, and transportation. His areas of expertise also include private participation in the provision of public services, and regulation.

Mr. Basañes is a graduate of the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina. He holds a M.A. in Public Policy from the Torcuato Di Tella Institute in Argentina; an M.S. in Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

August 2018