Saroj Kumar Jha is the Senior Director for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Group at the World Bank Group. He assumed the position on February 1, 2016, to provide strategic leadership to address the challenge of fragility, conflict and violence, working across the Bank Group and in close collaboration with partners.
Before this, Jha was the World Bank's Regional Director for Central Asia based in Almaty since February 2012. In this role, Jha led World Bank's strategic engagements in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in cooperative management of water and energy, regional action on climate adaptation and mitigation, improved regional connectivity and ICT, modernization of agriculture sector, and job creation. Earlier, Jha worked as the World Bank’s Global Manager for Disaster Risk Management Practice and served as head of the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), now the world's largest global fund for disaster prevention and post-disaster recovery operations. In addition, he has led international response efforts to many global catastrophic disasters.
Jha, an Indian national, joined the World Bank in 2005 as a Senior Infrastructure Specialist in the Sustainable Development Network, after significant experience with the Government of India and the United Nation’s Development Program (UNDP) as a senior executive in the field of public sector management, infrastructure financing, natural resources management, natural disaster prevention and environmental sustainability. He supported transformative innovations in regional cooperation, water and energy security, social safety nets, inclusive governance and grievance redress mechanisms in various regions of the world.
Jha holds a dual degree in civil engineering and development economics from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, India.