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Photograph by Aaron Richter for Bloomberg BusinessweekJae So is manager of the Water and Sanitation Program (WSP), a multi-donor partnership administered by the World Bank to support poor people in obtaining affordable, safe, and sustainable access to water and sanitation services. Under So’s leadership, WSP designed and is implementing a results-based program in 24 focus countries and globally.
So has a background in urban service delivery, utilities and corporate restructuring, and public-private partnerships. She has focused on improving the performance of service providers, utilities, and local governments in the World Bank’s programs in Eastern and Central Europe, East Asia, and South Asia. Immediately prior to joining the WSP, So was the lead infrastructure specialist in the South Asia Regional Infrastructure Department, working primarily on urban water and sanitation sector programs in Bangladesh and Pakistan. She has also worked on the World Bank’s corporate strategy and risk management development, most recently leading the team preparing the World Bank Group’s Sustainable Infrastructure Action Plan and the World Bank’s response to the global economic crisis.
Prior to joining the bank, So was with Monitor Co. in Cambridge, Mass., where she advised Fortune 100-level companies on corporate strategy issues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Japan. A Korean national, she holds an MBA and a B.A. in economics from Stanford University.