Sebastian Eckardt is the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Vietnam where he coordinates the Bank’s work on macroeconomics, trade, finance, agriculture, poverty and public sector reforms.
He joined the World Bank in 2006 and has since worked on a range of analytical, advisory and lending operations supporting clients in the areas of macroeconomic, fiscal and institutional reforms across several countries in Europe, South and East Asia, including Indonesia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Romania, Armenia, Serbia, Ukraine, Colombia, Russia, Moldova, and Kazakhstan.
His last assignment before moving to Vietnam in June 2015, was country economist for Ukraine where he managed the Bank’s support to help Ukraine tackle a severe macroeconomic crisis. Prior to joining the Bank, Sebastian worked for the German Government. A German national, he holds an MSc from the University of Birmingham, UK and PhD in Public Finance from the University of Potsdam, Germany.