List of International Organizations and their Headquarters

International Organizations and their Headquarters
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List of International Organizations and their Headquarters

World Bank

Founded in1944
HeadquartersWashington D.C. (U.S.A.)
HeadJim Yong Kim
India and World BankIndia was one of the 17 countries, prepared the agenda for the Bretton Woods Conference (June 1944), it is a founding member of WB
RemarksThe World Bank Group works in every major area of development. It provides a wide array of financial products and technical assistance, and help countries share and apply innovative knowledge and solutions to the challenges they face.


International Monetary Fund (IMF)

Founded in1944
HeadquartersWashington D.C. (U.S.A.)
HeadChristine Lagarde
MembersThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries.
India and IMFIndia joined the IMF on December 27, 1945, as one of the IMF’s original members.


RemarksThe IMF’s primary purpose is to ensure the stability of the international monetary system—the system of exchange rates and international payments that enables countries (and their citizens) to transact with each other. The Fund’s mandate was updated in 2012 to include all macroeconomic and financial sector issues that bear on global stability solutions to the challenges they face.


World Trade Organization (WTO)

Founded in1 January 1995
HeadquartersGeneva, Switzerland
HeadRoberto Azevêdo (Director-General)
MembersThe WTO has 164 members and 22 observer governments. Liberia became the 163rd member on 14 July 2016, and Afghanistan became the 164th member on 29 July 2016.



India and WTOIndia have been a WTO member since 1 January 1995 and a member of GATT since 8 July 1948.
RemarksThe WTO provides a forum for negotiating agreements aimed at reducing obstacles to international trade and ensuring a level playing field for all, thus contributing to economic growth and development. their interpretation and application. The current body of trade agreements comprising the WTO consists of 16 different multilateral agreements (to which all WTO members are parties) and two different plurilateral agreements (to which only some WTO members are parties).

Bank for International Settlements (BIS)

Founded inMay 17, 1930
Headquarters Basel, Switzerland.
HeadJaime Caruana
MembersIt is an Organization of 60 Central Banks of different countries

India is among its members

RemarksThe mission of the BIS is to serve central banks in their pursuit of monetary and financial stability, to foster international cooperation in those areas and to act as a bank for central banks.

World Economic Forum (WEF)

Founded in1971
Headquarters Cologny, Switzerland.
HeadKlaus Schwab
MembersThe World Economic Forum provides a platform for the world’s 1,000 leading companies to shape a better future. As a membership organization, the Forum engages businesses in projects and initiatives – online and offline – to address industry, regional and systemic issues.
RemarksThe World Economic Forum, committed to improving the state of the world, is the International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation.

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.


The Asian Development Bank

Founded in19 December 1966
HeadquartersMandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines
HeadTakehiko Nakao
MembersFrom 31 members at its establishment in 1966, ADB has grown to encompass 67 members—of which 48 are from within Asia and the Pacific and 19 outside.
India and ADB India is a founding member of the ADB and is now the fourth largest shareholder.
RemarksThe Asian Development Bank aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty. Its mission is to help developing member countries reduce poverty and improve the quality of life of their people.

As a multilateral development finance institution, ADB provides:

  • loans
  • technical assistance
  • grants


New Development Bank

Founded inDuring the sixth BRICS Summit in Fortaleza (2014), the leaders of BRICS nations signed the Agreement establishing the New Development Bank (NDB).
HeadquartersShanghai, China
HeadK.V. Kamath
MembersBank’s Articles of Agreement specify that all members of the United Nations could be members of the bank, however, the share of the BRICS nations can never be less than 55% of voting power.

At present BRICS nations are the members of NDB

India and NDBAs a member of BRICS, India are one of the founding members of NDB, India has 20% shareholding and 20% of voting rights in NDB.
RemarksThe Bank will provide technical and financial assistance for projects to be supported by the NDB and engage in information, cultural and personnel exchanges with the purpose of contributing to the achievement of environmental and social sustainability.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)

Founded in
  • 16 January 2016 (Open for business)
  • 25 December 2015 (Entry into force Articles of Agreement)


HeadquartersBeijing, China
HeadJin Liqun
MembersThe bank currently has 56-member states while another 24 are prospective members for a total of 80 approved members.
India and AIIBFund Shares of countries-

China- 30.34 %

India- 8.52 %

Russia- 6.66 %

Voting shares of countries-

China- 26.06 %

India- 7.5 %

Russia- 5.92 %

RemarksAIIB offers sovereign and non-sovereign financing for sound and sustainable projects in energy and power, transportation and telecommunications, rural infrastructure and agriculture development, water supply, and sanitation, environmental protection, and urban development and logistics.