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ECONOTHON: Talking Development and Economics. NonStop.

Economic growth, jobs, inequality climate change -- these development issues never sleep. Want to learn more about the economics behind international development? How can we stimulate economic growth, reduce poverty and help people in developing countries? A 24-hour “Econothon” was conducted where experts from the World Bank Group and beyond engaged the global audience on the development challeng...view more

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Welcome to Econothon - Interview with David Malpass, President, World Bank Group

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The Economics of a Clean Energy Future, with Michael Stanley

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Looking to the Future with Young Economists with Ruth Hill, Lead Economist, World Bank, Heather Moylan, Survey Specialist, World Bank and Eeshani Kandpal, Research Economist, World Bank

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Adapting for an Uncertain World: Climate Change and Resilience with Kristalina Georgieva, CEO, World Bank Group, Julie Rozenberg, Senior Economist and Richard Damania and Senior Economic Advisor

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Interview: The Digital Revolution: Providing Opportunity for All - Boutheina Guermazi, Director for the Digital Development Global Practice, World Bank Group

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Fireside Chat: How Does Growth Happen? Aaditya Mattoo, Development Economics, World Bank Group and Pinelopi Goldberg, Chief Economist, World Bank Group

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Interview: Future of jobs with David Mckenzie, Lead Economist

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Interview: Investing in People with Aart Kraay, Senior Adviser, World Bank Group

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Interview: Reforming the Civil Service with Dan Rogger, Economist, World Bank

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Vulnerable States - Alexandre Marc, Chief Technical Specialist, Fragility, Conflict and Violence, World Bank

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Interview: Data Dives - Part 1 with Raka Banerjee, Development Data Group, World Bank Group and Haishan Fu, Director, Data Group, World Bank Group

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Interview: Data Dives - Part 2 with Raka Banerjee, Development Data Group, World Bank Group, Sydney Gourlay, Survey Specialist, World Bank, Malar Veerappan, Senior Data Scientist, World Bank and Ben Stewart, Geographer, World Bank

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Interview: Gains and Losses from Tariffs with Bob Rijkers, Senior Economist, World Bank

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Interview: Education with Halsey Rogers, Lead Economist, World Bank

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Turning the Tables with David Theis, World Bank Group Spokesperson, Heather Scott, AFP and Lalit Jha, Press Trust of India.

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Panel Discussion: Impact Investing Principles - The Private Sector in Development with Neil Gregory, Lead Economist and Afsaneh Beschloss, CEO RockCreek

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Panel Discussion: Does Trade Aid Development with Pinelopi Goldberg, Chief Economist, World Bank Group, Aaditya Mattoo, Development Economics, World Bank Group and Caroline Freund, Global Director, World Bank Group

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Panel Discussion: Women's Empowerment with Caren Grown, Senior Director, Gender, World Bank, Rudaba Nasir, Global Lead for Women's Employment & Childcare, IFC, Rita Ramalho, Senior Manager, World Bank and Girija Borker, Economist, World Bank

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Interview: Is $1.90 enough? With Dean Jolliffe, Lead Economist, World Bank

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Interview: What is the Blue Economy? With Karin Kemper, Global Director, World Bank

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Four Questions with Africa Vice President Hafez Ghanem

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The Future of Work in Africa Part 1 - Selena Batchily, African Communications, World Bank, Kofi Dadzie, CEO and co-founder, Rancard, Dinah Recheal Blankson, Blog4Dev winner, Ghana, Dr. Edward Brown, Director of Policy Advisory Service, ACET, Pierre Laporte, Country Director, Ghana, World Bank and Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank

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The Future of Work in Africa Part 2 - Selena Batchily, African Communications, World Bank, Kofi Dadzie, CEO and co-founder, Rancard, Dinah Recheal Blankson, Blog4Dev winner, Ghana, Dr. Edward Brown, Director of Policy Advisory Service, ACET, Pierre Laporte, Country Director, Ghana, World Bank and Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist for Africa, World Bank

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Powering Africa’s Transformation - Selena Batchily, African Communications, World Bank, Albert Zeufack, Chief Economist, Africa, World Bank, Momodou Njie, Director, West Africa Power Pool, Harald Poeltner, Associate Partner, McKinsey Kenya and Martha Wakoli, Project Development Manager, Virunga Power

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Nonprofits & Activism in Africa - Selena Batchily, African Communications, World Bank and Albert Zeufack Chief Economist

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Is Debt Good or Bad? Marcello Estevao, Global Director, MTI and Evis Rucaj, Senior Economist, World Bank

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The High Toll of Unsafe Roads - Dipan Bose, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank

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Doing Business - Santiago Croci, Program Manager, Doing Business, World Bank Group and Charlotte Jiang, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank

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How to judge? With Arianna Legovini, Development Impact Evaluation Unit, World Bank Group, Sveta Milusheva, Economist, World Bank and Guadalupe Bedoya, Economist, World Bank

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Building the Perfect Taxation System - Gabriela Inchauste, Lead Economist, World Bank and Oyebola Okunogbe, Economist, World Bank

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Insuring Against Risk in Development - Moritz Nikolaus Nebe, Sector Manager, MIGA

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IDA - The Fund for the Poorest - Punam Chuhan - Pole, Lead Economist, World Bank and Oscar Calvo - Gonzalez, Practice Manager, World Bank

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Artificial Intelligence in Development - Bilal Siddiqi, Economist World Bank and Sam Fraiberger, Data Scientist, World Bank

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The Rise of Behavioral Economics - Abigail Dalton, Operations Officer, World Bank and Samantha De Martino, Economist, World Bank

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Concluding Remarks - David Malpass, President, World Bank Group

About the Presenters

David Malpass

David R. Malpass was selected as 13th President of the World Bank Group by its Board of Executive Directors on April 5, 2019. His five-year term began on April 9. Mr. Malpass previously served as Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs for the United States. As Under Secretary, Mr. Malpass represented the United States in international settings, including the G-7 and G-20 Deputy Finance Ministerial, World Bank-IMF Spring and Annual Meetings, and meetings of the Financial Stability Board, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Aaditya Mattoo

Aaditya Mattoo is Research Manager, Trade and Integration, at the World Bank. He specializes in trade policy analysis and the operation of the WTO, and provides policy advice to governments. Prior to joining the Bank in 1999, Mr. Mattoo was Economic Counsellor at the World Trade Organization. Between 1988 and 1991, he taught economics at the University of Sussex and Churchill College, Cambridge University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge, and an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford. He has published widely in academic and other journals on trade, trade in services, development and the WTO and his work has been cited extensively, including in the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, and Time Magazine.

Aart Kraay

Aart Kraay is an economist in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. He joined the World Bank in 1995 after earning a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University (1995), and a B.Sc. in economics from the University of Toronto (1990). His research interests include international capital movements, growth and inequality, governance, and the Chinese economy. His research on these topics has been published in scholarly journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of International Economics, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Development Economics, and co-editor of the World Bank Economic Review.

Abigail Dalton

Abigail Dalton is the Operations Officer for the Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit. Previously, she was the Assistant Director of the Behavioral Insights Group (BIG) at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she managed a team of forty faculty engaged in behavioral science research for the public good. While at Harvard, BIG became a university-wide initiative engaging over 1,000 students and alumni, with connections to every major international government and organization utilizing behavioral science research.

Albert Zeufack

Albert Zeufack, a Cameroonian national, is the World Bank Chief Economist for the Africa Region. He joined the World Bank in 1997 as a research economist in the macroeconomics division of the Research Department. Since then, he has held several positions in the East Asia and Pacific region, as well as in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice with a particular focus on Africa, Europe and Central Asia. Mr. Zeufack’s main research interest is the micro-foundations of macroeconomics. Prior to his appointment as Chief Economist, he was Practice Manager in the Macroeconomics and Fiscal Management Global Practice and leader of the World Bank-wide Community of Practice for the Management of Natural Resources Rents, a group interested in sovereign wealth, fiscal rules, public spending patterns, and macro-modeling in natural resource-rich economies.

Alexandre Marc

Alexandre Marc is the Chief Specialist for Fragility, Conflict and Violence of the World Bank. As Chief Specialist he oversees support and advice to the Bank country teams in more than 30 countries affected by conflict and fragility. He was the Cluster Leader for the Social Cohesion and Violence Prevention team within the Social Development Department of the World Bank from 2009 to 2012. He has extensive experience in the areas of conflict and fragility having worked on related themes across four continents over the last 22 years. He joined the World Bank in 1988 in the Africa Region. From 1999 to 2005 he was sector Manager for Social Development in the Europe and Central Asia Region of the World Bank responsible for program of post conflict reconstruction in Eastern Europe.

Arianna Legovini

Arianna Legovini built and leads the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) group of the World Bank, The purpose of this unit is to use research to improve development practice and policy outcomes. Since joining the Bank in 2004, she has worked to understand and develop the institutions (incentives and processes) required to engage researchers, operational staff and policymakers in improving the quality in the design and implementation of development projects. The idea was, first, to use problem-based research to generate useful data and evidence that would guide policy decisions and improve outcomes. Second, it was to leverage the billions of dollars in international assistance to test out solutions to development problems in specific contexts and help countries learn for themselves how to reach and expand their production frontiers.

Ben Stewart

Benjamin Stewart is a geographer with the World Bank's Geospatial Operational Support Team. His primary focus is the analysis of satellite imagery in various development projects, but he has lots of experience assisting teams in energy, urban, and transport. He holds a BSc in Biology and the History of Science from the University of King’s College, and a Masters of Geography from the University of Victoria.

Bilal Siddiqi

Bilal M. Siddiqi is an Economist in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) team at the World Bank. His research interests lie in law and economics, political economy, and applied microeconomics, focusing specifically on the relationship between law, institutions, conflict, and development. Bilal leads the ‘Data and Evidence for Justice Reform’ (DE JURE) global research program, a collaboration between DIME and the Governance Global Practice.

Bob Rijkers

Bob Rijkers is an economist in the Trade and International Integration Unit of the Development Economics Research Group. He is interested in political economy, trade and labor market issues. Since joining the World Bank full-time in 2008, he has worked in the Poverty Reduction Anchor of the PREM network, the Macroeconomics and Growth Unit of the Development Economics Research Group and the Office of the Chief Economist of the Middle East and Northern Africa region.

Boutheina Guermazi

Dr. Boutheina Guermazi is the Director of Digital Development Department of the Infrastructure Practice Group of the World Bank. She heads a global team working on building digital economies in developing countries, to drive shared prosperity and reduced poverty. The team advises policymakers and regulators, works in collaboration with leading firms and partners, and designs investment and technical assistance programs to improve broadband connectivity and use of digital technology to address development challenges of client countries. The work covers a wide area of focus including broadband networks, mobile networks, cloud infrastructure, internet of things, and big data analytics.

Caren Grown

Caren Grown is an internationally recognized expert on gender issues in development. Prior to joining the Bank, she was Economist-In-Residence and co-director of the Program on Gender Analysis in Economics at American University (AU) in Washington, DC.

Caroline Freund

Caroline Freund is Director of Trade, Regional Integration and Investment Climate. Previously she was a Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. She has also worked as Chief Economist for the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, after working for nearly a decade in the international trade unit of the research department.

Dan Rogger

Daniel Rogger is a Research Economist in the Impact Evaluation Unit of the Development Research Group. His areas of interest are political economy, and organizational and public economics. Dan’s research aims to understand how to build organizations that effectively deliver public services.

David Mckenzie

David McKenzie is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University. Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent four years as an assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University. His main research is on migration, microenterprises, and methodology for use with developing country data. He has published over 100 articles in journals such as Science, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, American Economic Journal: Applied Micro, Journal of Econometrics, and all leading development journals. He has worked on impact evaluations in a wide range of countries, covering microenterprise programs, improving management, facilitating migration, active labor market policy, and several other topics.

Dean Jolliffe

Dean Jolliffe is a lead economist in the Development Data Group at the World Bank. He is a member of the Living Standards Measurement Study team and co-lead of the team that works on global poverty measurement (PovcalNet).

Dinah Recheal

Recheal Blankson is an international development project manager with a strong interest in education and youth empowerment. She graduated from the University of Strasbourg with a master’s degree in project management, and advocates for educational equity for young people.

Dipan Bose

Dipan Bose is a Road Safety Specialist with the Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) at the World Bank's Transport Anchor. He is a road safety engineer by training with research experience in developing interventions to mitigate road crash-related trauma. He is directly involved in multiple transport sector projects (mainly in South Asia) related to institutional strengthening, infrastructure safety and other multi-sectorial intervention programs in road safety.

Dr. Edward Brown

Edward K. Brown, currently Senior Director, Research and policy Engagements at the Africa Center for Economic Transformation (ACET), based in Accra, Ghana, has over 35 years in international development, half of which were spent at the World Bank. He started his career as a research economist at the Development Research Department at the World Bank, and later as Population Economist in the Population Health and Nutrition Department, leading high-level policy dialogue and operations in the social sector.

Eeshani Kandpal

Eeshani Kandpal is an economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. Her research agenda lies at the intersection of two themes. The first is that average treatment effects often mask the widely divergent impacts of development policy, like health interventions, cash transfers, and empowerment programs.

Gabriela Inchauste

Gabriela Inchauste is a Lead Economist in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank. She currently leads work on Fiscal and Social Policies for poverty reduction and shared prosperity. Her research interests revolve around the distributional impact of fiscal policy, ex-ante analysis of the distributional impacts of policy reforms, and understanding the channels through which economic growth improves labor market opportunities for poverty reduction.

Girija Borker

Girija Borker is an Economist in the Impact Evaluation unit of the Development Research Group (DECRG) at the World Bank. She works primarily in the areas of development economics, with a focus on gender, violence, education, and transport.

Guadalupe Bedoya

Guadalupe Bedoya is an Economist in the Development Impact Evaluation team at the World Bank. The focus of her work is on understanding why interventions may or may not work to improve policy effectiveness. Her research interests include the design of accountability and measurement systems to improve quality of service delivery (e.g., patient safety and quality of care), and interventions to promote sustainable livelihoods and poverty reduction.

Hafez Ghanem

Hafez Ghanem, an Egyptian and French national, is the Vice President of the World Bank for Africa since July 1, 2018. A development expert with over 30 years of experience, Dr. Ghanem leads an active regional portfolio consisting of over 600 projects totaling more than $71 billion. Under his leadership, the World Bank supports inclusive growth and poverty reduction by financing projects that boost human capital, support private sector development, raise agricultural productivity, improve access to infrastructure, build resilience to climate change, and promote regional integration. Intensifying assistance for fragile and conflict-affected states, promoting gender equality, and providing economic opportunities for youth are core to his vision for the Africa Region.

Haishan Fu

Ms. Haishan Fu is the Director of the Development Data Group, in the Development Economics Vice Presidency, at The World Bank. Previously, she had held positions as Director, Statistics Division of United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP); Chief of Statistics at the Human Development Report Office of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Senior Research Associate at the Guttmacher Institute in New York and Population Affairs Officer at the United Nations Population Division.

Halsey Rogers

Halsey Rogers is Co-Director of the World Development Report 2018. As Lead Economist with the Education Global Practice, he led the World Bank’s global work on teacher policy, represented the Bank in negotiations on the SDG education agenda, and co-authored the Education Strategy 2020: Learning for All.

Heather Moylan

Heather Moylan is a Survey Specialist with the Living Standards Measurement Study team in the Development Data Group of the World Bank. Her current research interests are in the areas of poverty, agriculture, and gender, as well as data collection methods and measurement issues. As a member of the LSMS team, she is an expert in the design, implementation, data quality control and analysis of household surveys. She oversees the LSMS project activities in Malawi along with a number of other field-based methodological experiments. She holds a Masters in Agricultural Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Julie Rozenberg

Julie Rozenberg is an Economist with the World Bank Sustainable Development Group. Her work includes green growth, climate change mitigation strategies and climate change adaptation and disaster risk management. She is an author of “Decarbonizing Development: Three Steps to a Zero Carbon Future” and “Shockwaves: Managing the Impacts of Climate Change on Poverty”. She focuses on helping World Bank teams and clients take climate change constraints and other long-term uncertainties into account in the preparation of projects and strategies, in order to build resilience in World Bank client countries.

Karin Kemper

Karin Kemper is a Senior Director for the Environment and Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice at the World Bank. She has served in a range of functions at the World Bank, including most recently as the Senior Regional Advisor in the Office of the Vice President of the Latin America and Caribbean Region, covering a wide range of topics from sustainable development to infrastructure and natural resources management.

Kofi Dadzie

Kofi has led the company in its evolution to conversational discovery with AI & social recommendations, following success in mobile content distribution technology with developers and brands including Google, BBC, VOA, MTV, ESPN and global carriers in more than 25 countries and 3 continents. Prior to co-founding Rancard, Kofi was a senior analyst in the BIOS technology team at Dell in the US, where he filed a patent. A fellow of the Aspen Global Leadership Network/African Leadership Initiative, he has also served on Ashesi University’s Corporate Advisory Council, and currently serves on the board of Genius Hive, a music school and conservatory. He has a computer engineering degree from Vanderbilt University, TN, USA.

Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, in 1953. She holds a Ph.D in Economic Science and a M.A. in Political Economy and Sociology from the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, where she was an Associate Professor between 1977 and 1991. Georgieva has been CEO of the World Bank since January 2017. She has been nominated as a candidate to be Managing Director of the IMF. Georgieva (@KGeorgieva) has been CEO of the World Bank since January 2017.

Lalit Jha

Talented and results-oriented journalist with extensive experience reporting upon international affairs and government operations for leading national newspapers and wire services. Demonstrated capacity in investigative reporting and interviewing of key political figures. Chief US Correspondent of The Press Trust India, Extensive coverage of the United States – the White House, the State Department, Congress –from an Indian perspective, besides writing on Indian Americans. PTI is the largest news agency of India, which is subscribed by more than 500 news papers, besides scores of television channels and radio stations.

Malar Veerappan

Malar is a Senior Data Scientist and Data Management & Services Team Lead at the World Bank. She leads the team that manages the statistical data management and dissemination functions and supports the production of key data products such as the World Development Indicators, data.worldbank.org, Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) and the Bank’s data catalog. She oversees data management and technology implementations for many development data initiatives and supports the institution's Open data strategy and its execution. She was part of the task team that launched The World Bank's Open Data Initiative in 2010. Most recently, she has also been supporting the secretariat for the Data Council, an internal World Bank body that works on framing the institution's key data priorities and in that capacity, works on emerging big data and Geospatial data programs.

Marcello Estevao

Marcello de Moura Estevão Filho is the Global Director of the World Bank Group’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice (MTI). In this position, Mr. Estevão leads a large team of country economists, macroeconomists, and fiscal policy, debt, and macro-modeling experts. He is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the global analytical work on fiscal policy, debt policy, and economics of climate change; for coordinating the strategic direction of MTI and implementing it; for shaping and overseeing MTI’s country/regional programs in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, and the Middle East; and for mobilizing staff to work more effectively across Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) and other Global Practices.

Martha Wakoli

Martha is a Graduate Electrical Engineer and the co-editor of Queengineers. She was recently interviewed on the Africa Leadership Dialogues discussing the role of African youth in shaping the continent’s development narrative. In January 2017, she served as a panelist at the WomEng Kenya Fellowship discussing the role of women engineers in achieving the SDGs as well as at the annual IEEE Kenya Symposium discussing leadership, breaking barriers and creating change

Michael Stanley

Michael Stanley is Global Lead – Extractives for the World Bank Group, in Washington D.C. Michael provides strong leadership on the policies and practices that guide the World Bank’s lending operations in oil, gas and mining worldwide; and ensuring that a diverse technical staff remain at the forefront of sector development of issues. Michael has worked in resource development for more than thirty years within the commercial and public sectors; having led projects within Latin America, Europe & Central Asia, Africa, South Asia, and East Asia / Pacific regions.

Moritz Nikolaus Nebe

Moritz Nikolaus Nebe is MIGA’s Sector Manager in the Economics and Sustainability Department. Mr. Nebe’s top three priorities are to provide intellectual leadership of MIGA’s project economics and country risk analysis frameworks; support the further development and implementation of IMPACT—MIGA’s new ex ante project development impact system; and as part of MIGA’s extended leadership team, support MIGA in the achievement of its strategic objectives. Mr. Nebe, a German national, joined the Bank in 2017 as Senior Risk Management Officer in MIGA. Since joining the WBG, he has led MIGA’s economics and country risk coverage of a portion of the Sub-Saharan Africa portfolio. Prior to joining MIGA, Mr. Nebe was a Director in the London office of Credit Suisse, where he played a lead role in managing emerging markets credit risk.

Neil Gregory

Neil Gregory is Chief Thought Leadership Officer of the International Finance Corporation, the private investment arm of the World Bank Group. He has held a range of senior strategy and management roles at IFC, including research, business planning, investment and advisory functions. He was previously Adviser to the UK Executive Director of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, and an Economic Adviser to the UK Government. He has extensive work experience in South Asia, China, Africa and the Caribbean. A British national, Neil has MA and MSc degrees in Economics from Cambridge and Oxford and an MBA from Georgetown.

Oscar Calvo - Gonzalez

Oscar Calvo-Gonzalez is Practice Manager in the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank and was previously Program Leader in the Central America Department where he led lending operations and analytical work on diverse economic policy issues. Before working on Central America he was a country economist for Peru and a member of the country economic teams for Bolivia, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2006 he worked as a Principal Economist at the European Central Bank. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and has published articles in refereed journals and edited books on wide-ranging issues such as decentralization and public expenditure, dollarization, financial stability, the EU budget, Spanish economic history, and foreign aid conditionality.

Oyebola Okunogbe

Oyebola Okunogbe is an Economist in the Human Development team of the World Bank Development Research Group. Her research interests are in governance and political economy, including policies on public finance, nation building, education, employment and gender. Oyebola obtained her PhD in Public Policy and MPA in International Development from Harvard University, and her B.A. in Economics from Dartmouth College. She was born and raised in Nigeria.

Pierre Laporte

Mr. Pierre Laporte is Country Director for Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone effective July 1, 2019. Prior to his appointment, he served as Country Director for Benin, Burkina, Côte d’Ivoire and Togo. Before joining the Bank, Laporte, a Seychelles national, was the Minister for Finance, Trade, and Investment of the Republic of Seychelles and he served as Governor of the Central Bank of Seychelles.

Pinelopi Goldberg

Pinelopi “Penny” Koujianou Goldberg is the Chief Economist of the World Bank Group. In this position, she aims to strengthen the institution’s connection to state-of-the-art academic research and help shape a vision of how to achieve the World Bank Group’s goals of sustainable growth, shared prosperity, and a world free of extreme poverty. Goldberg brings decades of experience as an applied microeconomist drawn to policy-relevant questions in trade and development.

Punam Chuhan - Pole

Punam Chuhan-Pole is a Lead Economist in the Africa Region at the World Bank. Her recent work includes the semi-annual publication—Africa’s Pulse—which presents economic trends and prospects for the region’s economies and analysis of issues shaping Africa’s future, a report on the Socioeconomic Impact of Mining on Local Communities in Africa and a study documenting recent development progress—Yes Africa Can: Success Stories from a Dynamic Continent.

Raka Banerjee

Raka Banerjee is a Project Coordinator in the Development Data Group at the World Bank. She supports the Data Group in developing and executing priorities including departmental strategy, knowledge products, outreach, and communications. As part of the Development Data Council Secretariat, she supports World Bank institutional priorities around data including data governance and new data initiatives. Raka previously worked as Project Coordinator for the Living Standards Measurement Study team where she managed field-based data collection efforts, coordinated daily project operations and provided editorial and dissemination oversight for knowledge products. She holds a Masters in International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego and a Bachelors in International Studies from the University of Washington.

Richard Damania

Richard Damania is the Global Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Water Practice. He leads the Practice’s work on analytical, advisory, and the operational engagements related to the role of water and the economy. Prior to this he was the Lead Economist of the Africa Sustainable Development Department with responsibility for infrastructure, environment and social issues. In this capacity he led the analytical program and was responsible for quality control. He has also served as Lead Economist in the South Asia and Latin America and Caribbean Regions of the World Bank.

Rita Ramalho

Rita Ramalho is the Senior Manager for the Global Indicators Group which houses Doing Business, Sub-national Doing Business, Enterprise Surveys, Women Business and the Law, Enabling the Business of Agriculture, as well as other pilot indicator projects. Previously Rita Ramalho was the Manager of the joint World Bank-IFC Doing Business Report which provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies and selected cities at the sub-national level. Prior to that she was the program manager of World Bank-IFC Enterprise Surveys and Women, Business and the Law project.

Rudaba Nasir

Rudaba Zehra Nasir is the Global Lead for Employment and Childcare in IFC’s Gender Secretariat. Rudaba’s work focuses on helping companies close gender gaps in recruitment, retention, and promotion and achieve better business outcomes. Rudaba’s work includes firm-level and upstream advisory, business case research, and peer learning collaborations. In this regard, Rudaba leads IFC's Global Tackling Childcare Advisory Program, advising companies on how to create family-friendly workplaces and advance women’s employment. The Program aims to operationalize at the firm, market, and policy levels IFC's 2017 report on the business case for employer-supported childcare, which Rudaba helped produce. Rudaba also manages IFC’s Global Tackling Childcare Working Group of more than 30 organizations working together to develop a practical guide for employer-supported childcare as well as IFC-PBC Tackling Childcare Pakistan, a peer-learning collaboration with 14 companies committed to implementing family-friendly workplace measures such as childcare and paid leave.

Samantha De Martino

Samantha De Martino is an Economist in the World Bank’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice. Her research is at the nexus of applied microeconomics and behavioral science, with a focus on developing and testing new measures for understanding behavior. Her PhD thesis explored the interaction of monetary and non-monetary incentives for behavior change. She has extensive qualitative and quantitative experience in impact evaluation design and implementation of interventions for policy issues including land reform, renewable energy, environment, health, education, anti-poverty, youth unemployment and social protection in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Central Asia with the World Bank, Institute of Development Studies, Innovations for Poverty Action, and the City of Cape Town.

Santiago Croci

Santiago Croci Downes is Acting Manager, Doing Business Unit, World Bank. He joined the Doing Business team in March 2008. Prior to that, he used to lead the Getting Credit - Legal Rights indicator. Before joining the team, he worked on an insolvency and creditor rights initiative at the Legal Vice-Presidency of the World Bank Group. He also worked on development issues at the Competitiveness Capacity Building Initiative of the Organisation of American States.

Sveta Milusheva

Sveta Milusheva is an Economist in the Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) unit at the World Bank. She coordinates the ieConnect program of impact evaluations focused on transport investments and within this program leads the work on urban mobility. Her research interests include infrastructure and information & communication technologies, population mobility, health and gender. In particular, her work focuses on the application of new big data sources, such as mobile phone data and crowdsourced data, to study questions in development and evaluate the impact of development interventions.

Sydney Gourlay

Sydney Gourlay is a Survey Specialist in the Development Data Group of the World Bank. Her primary area of research is methodological validation with a particular focus on land area measurement. Her current work includes the coordination of a methodological validation study in Ethiopia, with objective measurements in land area measurement and soil fertility. As a member of the LSMS-ISA team, she also assists with cross-country research and data analysis for LSMS-ISA project countries.