Head of Stabilization and Reconstruction Division in Middle East, KfW
Gunnar Wälzholz is currently heading KfWs (@KfW_FZ) engagement for reconstruction and stabilization in the middle east region with projects in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and with UNRWA across the region. Previously he worked as KfW country director in Kiev, Ukraine and with UN agencies.
Abdulrahman Al-Eryani (@Eryaniar) is an International Development Professional from Yemen. He has undertaken various development related positions at Yemen’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has served as the Principal Economic Officer at the Embassy of Yemen in Washington D.C. In his former roles, Mr. Al-Eryani focused on development assistance and economic reform programmes with bilateral organizations, international NGOs, and multilateral organizations He has advised the leaderships of various Yemeni government agencies including the Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation, Ministry of Finance, and Central Bank of YemenHe holds a master’s degree in finance from Johns Hopkins University.
Francesca Recanatini, Moderator
Lead Economist, World Bank
Francesca Recanatini is a Lead Economist at the World Bank and has worked on institution building and corruption for more than two decades. Throughout her career, she has focused on integrating issues of governance, corruption and institution building in development. She joined the World Bank in 1998 and has worked in several countries in Eastern Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Middle East to support the design and implementation of governance reforms through in-depth data collection and coalition building. Currently she is working on institution building, corruption and governance indicators in the Middle East and Latin America and she co-leads the program on transition from conflict to sustainable peace for countries in the Middle East in collaboration with colleagues from other GPs and outside the Bank. Ms. Recanatini holds a Ph.D in Economics from the University of Maryland at College Park.