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 the Russian Federation, and the four East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Eritrea. Prior, Apurva led the World Bank’s Global Economic Growth Cluster.
A macro-economist with environmental expertise, Apurva is also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has worked on development topics ranging from infrastructure & climate change to microfinance & agriculture. Prior to joining the World Bank, Apurva worked in the private sector (United States); Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI). He has held teaching and research positions at MGIMO (Russia), Thammasat University (Bangkok), University of Chicago, and Yale.
Apurva is a selective commentator with views expressed in the pages of major international media outlets such as the Financial Times; the Economist; Al Jazeera, New York Times, Project Syndicate; and popular blog sites such as the World Bank’s and Brookings. He was recognized by Forbes Magazine as a “leader and disruptor” trying to fix broken GDP. He has also given a TEDx talk, broadcast live from the Kakuma refugee camp in Northern Kenya.
Apurva holds college degrees in physics & economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned his PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and wrote his dissertation on the economics of climate change.