Thomas Farole is a Senior Economist in the World Bank’s Africa Department. In this role he is the country economist leading the bank’s economic policy dialogue in Botswana, and oversees the World Bank’s work program on growth, trade, and competitiveness across SACU countries (South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland). Mr. Farole previously worked in the Bank’s International Trade Department and, prior to joining the World Bank in 2009, he was Regional Director with the South African consultancy Kaiser Associates Economic Development Partners. Mr. Farole’s research focuses on trade and industrial policy, foreign direct investment, and regional economic development. He is the author of several books including: Special Economic Zones in Africa; Making Foreign Direct Investment Work for Sub-Saharan Africa (with Deborah Winkler); Special Economic Zones: Progress, Challenges, and Future Directions (with Gokhan Akinci); and The Internal Geography of Trade: Lagging Regions and Global Markets. His recent articles have appeared in The Journal of Economic Geography, Progress in Human Geography, and World Development.
Mr. Farole holds a PhD in Economic Geography from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and MSc in Local Economic Development from the LSE, and a BSc in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.