Wilfried Engelke is the Senior Country Economist for Yemen in the Middle East and North Africa region at the World Bank.
Engelke, a German national has been in this position since March 2010. He joined the Bank in early 2005 and worked initially as a country economist in the West-Africa region (Guinea, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea-Bissau). Prior to working for the Bank, he worked for the International Monetary Fund (2001 to 2004), the United Nations in Geneva, the Federal Ministry of Finance in Germany and in Angola with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Engelke studied Economics and International Politics in Berlin (Freie Universitaet), Minneapolis (University of Minnesota), and in London (London School of Economics). This also included a Fulbright Scholarship and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).
He has traveled extensively, partly because of his professional engagements, but always tried to keep in touch with his roots and wider family in Germany. In his spare time, his preferred activity is swimming, reading, some painting and photography.