Josefina Stubbs

Deputy Director



Ms. Josefina Stubbs is a seasoned professional with extensive global as well as country experience in the area of Sustainable Development, Poverty Reduction and Inclusion acquired through leading positions in OXFAM, The World Bank, and IFAD.  

Ms. Stubbs was Associate Vice-President Strategy and Knowledge in IFAD where she was responsible to manage and oversee the Development Effectiveness, Research and Impact and Global Policy Engagement divisions bringing together the best expertise from across IFAD and from partners to help developing countries tackle complex challenges in the area of inclusive and sustainable rural development and agriculture.  

In 2008 she joined IFAD as Regional Director of the Latin America and Caribbean Region. During this period, the LAC region lending and advisory services increased substantially, stepping up support for programs and projects aligned with the goals of reducing rural poverty and increasing shared prosperity. Widely recognized innovations led to increasing rural business and enterprise development, country policy making influencing, and the transfer of knowledge and resources that empowered women and excluded groups. 

Before joining IFAD Ms. Stubbs worked in the World Bank Latin America Region for almost a decade as Senior Social Development Specialist and then as Sector leader of the Environment, Rural Development and Social thematic sectors.  Previous to the World Bank she was OXFAM’s  Director for Southern Africa and then for Central America, Mexico and Caribbean Region. She started in  Oxfam GB as Country Director for the Dominican Republic. 

Ms. Stubbs obtained her Laurea in Psychology from the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo and a Msc in Political Science from the Institute of Social Studies in Holland.  She has worked and lived in Latin America, the United States, Zimbabwe and in Europe. 

In November 2018 she joined the Enel Foundation as Deputy Director.