Visiting the University of Philippines in Manila I met Jolanta and Artessa for a breakfast meeting at a hotel lounge in Manila‚Äôs high-rise business district. They were the World Bank officials from D.C. — Artessa is a Filipino structural engineer who speaks with keen articulation and sense of strategic direction. I knew Jolanta from the Istanbul seismic risk-reduction project. It was considered to be one of the most successful programs organized by the World Bank and we had a small, but key, role in the project.