Country Program Coordinator for Central Europe and the Baltics Countries
Europe and Central Asia
Ismail Radwan is the Country Program Coordinator for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries in the World Bank's Europe and Central Asia department, based in Washington D.C. He overseas 11 Central European, countries all of which are EU member states.
Ismail has more than 20 years of development experience, much of which has been spent working on macroeconomics, finance, and private sector development. Prior to taking up his current role, Ismail was Lead Economist and Sector Leader for Finance and Private Sector in the World Bank's Africa region. In that role he spent four years based in Nigeria where he led the Bank's post financial crisis interventions in West Africa. He also managed a number of high profile projects for the Bank throughout the region, including the Nigeria Growth and Employment Project.
Ismail has also worked extensively in the South Asia region. He moved to Colombo, Sri Lanka following the South Asian Tsunami and worked on conflict affected development. He managed a number of economic reform projects throughout the region as well as public administration reform projects. Ismail managed the e-Sri Lanka initiative, a path-breaking project to bring the benefits of ICT to the rural population. He maintains his interest in the role of ICT and innovation in development.
Ismail is a prolific author whose recent publications include Poland: Enterprise Innovation Support Review, Knowledge, Productivity and Innovation in Nigeria, Achieving Nigeria's Financial System Strategy. He has completed offshoring reports on Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and India. Ismail has also completed a series of reports on private health care delivery in India.
Ismail is known for his inspirational speeches on a variety of ICT related and general management topics.
Prior to re-joining the World Bank in 2000, Ismail was a principal consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers London (1997-2000) in the economics and strategy department where he worked on the introduction of the Euro, the Y2K issue, and the transition from command to market economies in Eastern Europe. Between 1993-1996, Ismail worked as a macro-economist in the ministry of finance in Namibia as part of the Overseas Development Institute Fellowship Program.
Ismail studied economics and politics at Oxford University and received a masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He has lived and worked in more than 30 countries.
Ismail is originally from Cairo Egypt and speaks English, Arabic, and French.