Country Director for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries,
Europe and Central Asia
Ms. Mamta Murthi, an Indian national, became Country Director for Central Europe and the Baltic Countries on February 1, 2013.
Prior to becoming Country Director, Ms. Murthi held the position of Adviser in the office of the Managing Director of the World Bank that oversees all Bank operations. Her main responsibilities were to assist the Managing Director maintain oversight of operations, advise on operational policy and waivers, and work with the World Bank’s integrity and sanctions system to minimize corruption in Bank operations.
Ms. Murthi joined the World Bank in 1995 as a Young Professional, and has since worked in many different capacities. Between 1995 and 1998 she worked as an economist on Kazakhstan, leading analytical and policy work on poverty reduction, social assistance reform, labor market policy, and pensions. At that time, she helped the government develop a minimum pension guarantee to underpin the new pension system. Between 2000 and 2003, she held the position of Senior Economist, working on Serbia, Montenegro, and Bulgaria, covering issues related to poverty measurement and data, social assistance, and pensions, including early parametric reforms to the pensions system in Serbia to help stabilize public finances. Between 2003 and 2005, she was Lead Economist in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region’s office of the Chief Economist, overseeing a large analytical work program of cross-country studies on economic growth, inequality, jobs, and aging. This was followed by a stint as Deputy Director of the World Development Report 2007 on youth policy. Between 2006 and 2010, Ms. Murthi was Sector Manager for Education in the ECA region, covering Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. In this role she helped broker the exchange of knowledge to improve delivery of public services, through sub-regional collaboration (on learning assessments and tertiary education in the Western Balkans), reimbursable advisory services (in Russia at federal and sub-national levels), and stronger knowledge partnerships (with the OECD through joint Bank-OECD education sector reviews).
Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Murthi was a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sussex, U.K., and Research Associate at STICERD at the London School of Economics. Between 1998 and 2000, she was a MacArthur Fellow on Poverty and Inequality at the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge. She has written extensively on issues of poverty, demography, education, pensions, and skills and is well-known for her econometric studies on fertility and the position of women in India.
Ms. Murthi holds a D.Phil. in Economics, from Balliol College, Oxford, a Master’s in Economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and a Bachelor’s in Economics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi.
Ms. Murthi is married with two children. Her husband is a Professor of Economics at Birkbeck College, University of London.