East Asia and Pacific remains the world’s growth engine despite a challenging external environment, with developing economies growing by 7.2% in 2013. The proportion of people living in poverty in the region has steadily declined—less than 10% of the population lives on $1.25 a day—but much more needs to be done as there are still close to half a billion people living on $2 a day.
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Dr. Sundaran Annamalai serves as an Executive Director at the Board of the World Bank Group, and represents the Constituency of Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, S... Show More +ingapore, Thailand, Tonga and Vietnam. Dr. Annamalai is a member of the Audit Committee and Ethic Committee of the World Bank Board.
From 2011 – 2012, Dr. Annamalai served as Undersecretary, Economic and International Division of the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia. Prior to that, he held other senior positions in the Ministry of Finance: Head of Econometrics Section; Head of Unit – Privatization and Corporate Loans; and Assistant Secretary – Development Finance Unit (ADB/World Bank). Dr. Annamalai also served as Senior Program Coordinator at the Business Management/ Privatization Unit of the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN).
Dr. Annamalai started his career at the Ministry of Public Enterprises in 1982 as an Assistant Secretary before joining the Ministry of Finance in 1984.
Dr. Annamalai graduated with his Doctorate degree from the International Christian University in Tokyo, Japan; his MBA (Finance) degree from the Michigan State University, Michigan, USA; Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of London, UK; Bachelor of Science (Maths/Physics), University of Science, Malaysia; Diploma in Public Management, INTAN, Malaysia; and a Certificate in Legal Practice, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
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Dr. Chanthala, a Lao national, is a Health Specialist for the World Bank in Lao PDR. Based in Vientiane, he oversees the Health Services Improvement Project, serves on the Community Nutrition Project ... Show More +task team, and does analytical health sector work. Show Less -
The World Bank’s senior country economist for Malaysia since September 2011. He coordinates work programs between the Government of Malaysia and the World Bank, contributes to the analytical and advis... Show More +ory work on the country’s towards a high-income economy. Show Less -