Chief Procurement Officer
Christopher M. Browne is Chief Procurement Officer at the World Bank, where he leads procurement covering more than $42 billion in 172 countries, and an ambitious program to reform the Bank’s procurement policy and procedures. Before joining the World Bank in 2012, he was Director of the Commercial Solutions Branch in the Ministry of Economic Development of New Zealand, delivering a reform that produced $360 million in true cost out savings to date and has transformed the reputation of the function, built capability and is readying for expansion. As Emergency Procurement Manager, he led New Zealand’s procurement response to the Christchurch Earthquake, developing and implementing a $3 billion emergency construction and repair project that was tendered and negotiated in less than two weeks. He was Chief Advisor to the Ministry’s procurement reform from 2009 to 2011 and Procurement Strategy Manager in the United Kingdom’s Environment Agency from 2000 to 2008. Chris Browne is acknowledged as an international expert in sustainable procurement and was Advisor to the United Nations Marrakesh Task Force on Sustainable Public Procurement from 2006 to 2011. Recognized as Leader in Procurement, Chris Browne was named Procurement Professional of the Year 2011/12 by the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Australasia (CIPSA). The New Zealand Government Procurement Reform Programme, led by him, won three CIPSA awards in 2010.