David J. Bates

David J. Bates, formerly with the World Bank, is involved in a number of startup companies and private investment initiatives, and serves on numerous for profit and non-profit boards.

A native of Australia, Mr. Bates earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from The George Washington University, as well as an MBA in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Bates enjoyed a career with the World Bank Group, including the International Finance Corporation (IFC), spanning 25 years. A specialist in project finance at the IFC for 12 years, Mr. Bates covered a broad range of industrial sectors in Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East until 1996. Prior to joining the IFC in 1984, he held various positions at the World Bank, focused primarily on agricultural policies, investment and rural poverty issues in Africa.

He and his wife Carol reside in Bethesda, Maryland and have four children.