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About the Society

The 1818 SocietySM was formed in 1978 as the organization of World Bank Group (WBG) retirees. The 1818 SocietySM has traditionally had two main purposes: facilitating contacts among former staff and acting as a liaison with the Bank on matters of concern to retirees such as pensions and health insurance. In addition, it provides opportunities to WBG AlumniSM for continuing learning, seminars on a variety of subjects of interest to WBG AlumniSM, participation in various activities offered by the active retirement lifestyle clubs, and networking and social interactions with fellow alumni and the World Bank Group.

1818 SocietySM By-Laws



Membership is open to former staff members (including Executive Directors, Alternates and their staff) who are either receiving a World Bank Group pension or have chosen a deferred pension, and others who had  3 or more years of service, including some pensionable service, in the World Bank Group. Surviving spouses of deceased retirees are invited to become members at no cost. More than 65% of those eligible have joined the 1818 SocietySM. The one-time membership fee for WBG AlumniSM is currently set at $75.00. The society has over 7,000 members at present.

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Board of Directors

Anis Dani (President and Chair)
Alison Cave
Susan Dubas
Zoe Kolovou
Soheyla Mahmoudi
Lee Meddin
Maryvonne Plessis-Fraissard
Robert Van Pulley
Joyce Rompas
Mark Walker
Eduardo Wallentin

WBG AlumniSM Activities

The 1818 SocietySM relies on volunteers to organize and manage activities of interest to them. Currently, the activities include: 12 Thematic Groups on various topics that organize seminars with guest speakers, and meetings for professional learning; trips and tours to various destinations; hikes in the local DC area; yoga classes; visits to local places of interest; and international treks and tours. WBG AlumniSM living outside the Washington DC area can organize themselves as “Chapters” of the 1818 SocietySM. Chapters arrange periodic get together/activities for their members. Volunteers in the Society are also available to help refer WBG AlumniSM in need to other alumni who are willing to volunteer their help through Members Helping Members. The Society issues a Quarterly newsletter that is available on this website (under “Member Resources”). Members can also search the Directory of WBG Alumni on the website to find the addresses and emails of other alumni.

Annual Meetings

  • The 43rd Annual Meeting of the 1818 SocietySM was held on October 27-28, 2021. Proceedings of all sessions are now accessible. Click on Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Meeting.
  • Follow up to the Annual Meeting:  On November 22, 2021, the Board approved the appointment of the members to the Committee and the Terms of Reference for the revision of the 1818 SocietySM By-Laws.  To read more, please click HERE.