Luis Schwarz

Luis Schwarz

Senior Finance Officer and Chair, Healthy Staff Group, World Bank
Schwarz

Luis Schwarz is an experienced Certified Public Accountant and Business Administrator with an MBA who dedicated 40 years of his professional life to support corporations and International Financial Institutions developing projects to reduce poverty and improve people’s quality of life in more than 50 countries. Over the past decade, family and personal life experiences influenced his life priorities. Luis immersed himself in the study of behavioral health, nutrition, stress management, and sleep disorders. He became a certified Health Coach, a Neuro-Linguistic Programmer and Clinical Hypnotherapist. He completed his studies at prestigious universities around the globe, including certifications from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, The Wageningen University in the Netherlands, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in Massachusetts, Doane University in Nebraska, Bennett/Stellar University in Washington State, and University of the Republic of Uruguay. 

 

Luis is also a certified instructor by the National Council for Behavioral Health in the USA, and delivered multiple course on Mental Health First Aid, and an Ambassadorship Program with more than 300 members to support employees at The World Bank Group. He created and has led the Healthy Staff Group for the last eight years, promoting employee wellness and well-being programs, seminars, and courses. With more than 6,000 members, the group benefits from a variety of experts’ advice on areas including mental health first aid disorders such as depression and anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide prevention, as well as nutrition and metabolic health, stress management, physical health and fitness, sleep hygiene, cancer, cardiovascular health, autism and learning challenges, emotional intelligence, resilience, and mindfulness techniques.

 

Last year, Luis championed the Staff Wellness Project at the World Bank Group Staff Association amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic as an investment in the well-being of its members, staff and consultants by engaging SHINE to provide a comprehensive, 360° view of the impact of work on people’s home and work life. Under his leadership the study collected data from 6,400 members in September to October, 2020 on areas such as mental and emotional well-being, affected by the conditions under COVID, and how work conditions affect their Flourishing, and Luis facilitated the implementation of an action framework for to address the issues identified and to monitor ongoing progress being and improvement of staff wellness and resiliency.