Apurva Sanghi is the World Bank Lead Economist for Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. He was previously based in Moscow and Nairobi holding similar roles for Russia and East Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and Eritrea). Prior, Apurva led the Economic Growth Cluster of the World Bank in Washington DC.
A macro-economist with environmental expertise, Apurva is a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has worked on development topics ranging from infrastructure and climate change to microfinance and agricultural economics. Before joining the World Bank, Apurva worked in the private sector (United States); Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI); and held teaching and research positions at, University of Chicago, Thammasat University (Bangkok), and Yale University.
Apurva is a selective commentator with views expressed in the pages of major international media outlets such as the Financial Times; the Economist; Project Syndicate, and popular blog sites such as the World Bank’s and Brookings. He has also given a live TEDx talk from the Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya.
Apurva holds college degrees in physics and economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and wrote his dissertation was on the economics of climate change.