Shaha Ali Riza

Shaha Riza is the acting manager for External Relations and Outreach for the Middle East and North Africa Region at the World Bank.
Formerly Gender and Civil Society Coordinator, Middle East and North Africa Regional Office, The World Bank, Washington, DC 20433

Shaha Ali Riza is a senior World Bank official who was born in Tunis, grew up in Saudi Arabia and holds an international relations masters degree from St Anthony’s College, Oxford. Close acquaintances of the couple have told The Daily Telegraph that she is romantically linked with Wolfowitz, 61, a fellow divorcee with whom she has been friends for several years.

Shaha Riza, Senior Gender Specialist, World Bank, has specialized in Middle East Studies and has carried out field research in a number of Arab countries. Immediately before joining the World Bank she worked at the US National Endowment for Democracy where she set up and led the Endowment’s Middle East Programs. Since joining the World Bank in 1997, she has worked with the Middle East and North Africa Social and Economic Development Group as the Senior Gender and Civil Society coordinator in the office of the MENA Chief Economist. As of July 2002, she has acted as the Manager for External Affairs and Outreach for the World Bank’s MENA region.