Cyprian Fisiy is the Founder and CEO of the Fisiy Foundation and Leadership Center registered in Washington, DC, with the objective to promote local governance in Sub-Saharan Africa through investments in small infrastructure. The Foundation will work in partnership with local governments and community institutions to foster the provisioning of small infrastructure as a basis for leadership training and the establishment of a culture of public accountability.

Before his retirement from the World Bank in December 2013, Mr. Fisiy was Director of the Social Development Department, which offers advisory and operational support, research and innovative thinking in diverse areas of policy, programs and project management.

Mr. Fisiy joined the Bank in 1994 as a Social Scientist in the Africa Environment Sustainable Development Department. He held various positions, including that of Lead Social Scientist for the Africa Poverty Reduction and Social Development. He later became the Sector Manager in the East Asia and Pacific Region Sustainable Development Department.

Prior to joining the Bank, Mr. Fisiy was a post-doctoral fellow at the Department of Agrarian Law, University of Wageningen, the Netherlands. He also worked for 10 years as a research fellow at the Institute of Human Sciences, Yaoundé, Cameroon.