Mr. Asad Alam is the new Country Director for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti from July 1, 2015, based in Cairo. In this position, he will lead the development and implementation of the World Bank Group’s country partnership frameworks for these countries.
Prior to taking up this post, Mr. Alam has served as Country Director for Southern Africa covering South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland and earlier as Country Director for the South Caucasus covering Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
An economist by training, Mr. Alam joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1993. He has worked in different regions of the world including Africa, Central Asia, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America. He has wide ranging experience of working on development issues of productivity, growth, job creation, poverty reduction, inequality, trade, and fiscal. He has written on various subjects and his most recent books include: Making it Happen: Selected Case Studies of Institutional Reforms in South Africa (2015, forthcoming), Fighting Corruption in Public Services: Chronicling Georgia’s Reforms (2012), Unleashing Prosperity: Productivity Growth in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (2008) and Growth, Poverty and Inequality in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union (2005).
Mr. Alam is an Indian national and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University, USA, and a B.Sc. in Economics from The London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.