Jim Yong Kim, who arrived here today as part of his three-day visit to the country, was accompanied by Indian officials of the bank.
Earlier, speaking to the reporters at the airport, he said, "I am very excited to be in Chennai, which is largest World Bank office, after Washington DC. The Chennai office, which started with seven people in 2001, now has about 700 people."
Some of the greatest innovations the World Bank was now putting in place in Washington, had come from Chennai, he said.
On Tuesday, Kim is expected to visit Bank-supported project sites in TN to see the challenges of India's rural-urban transformation, and how, empowered with right skills, rural women in the state are taking advantage of emerging urban employment opportunities, a Bank release stated.