Ulrich Bartsch is the Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Ankara office, where he coordinates macroeconomic analysis and dialogue. He directs a small team analyzing and forecasting macroeconomic developments and policies, and provides insights into medium-term development policy issues in the broad area of expertise of the World Bank. Mr. Bartsch joined the World Bank in June 2009 and worked in India and Central Asia before moving to Turkey in November 2014.
Before joining the Bank, Mr. Bartsch held several positions in the IMF in Washington, DC, most recently as Senior Economist on the Pakistan desk in the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department. As part of the Pakistan country team, Mr. Bartsch worked on the 2008 IMF Stand-by Arrangement designed to lead Pakistan out of a deep balance of payments crisis. He also took part in the design and monitoring of an economic program for Nigeria, which culminated in the granting of the second largest ever debt cancellation granted by the Paris Club creditors. In the Nigeria team, Mr. Bartsch took particular interest in Nigeria’s oil revenue management, and helped the government to become one of the first members of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.
Mr. Bartsch came to the Fund after three years of research at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies in Oxford, UK. He published several studies on oil and gas economics, including a book about the long-term outlook for fossil fuel prices under different scenarios for the implementation of climate change abatement policies. Mr. Bartsch holds a PhD in Economics from the Institute of Development Studies, Brighton, UK.