Niels Holm-Nielsen is Regional Coordinator for Disaster Risk Management in Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Bank. Niels joined the Latin America group as a Disaster Risk Management specialist in 2008 from MENA. He has in the past couple of years led the Disaster Risk Management program in Colombia and the Caribbean, leading the preparation and Board approval of several DRM Investment operations, Emergency Recovery Operations, and a Cat DDO, in addition to a large portfolio of grant funded projects. In MENA he worked on water management, climate adaptation, and disaster risk management operations in Iran, Jordan and Yemen. Before joining the World Bank he worked for the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for five years, where he helped create the corporate policy on disaster risk management, and briefly for the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago, Chile.