Christine Zhenwei Qiang, a Chinese national, is Practice Manager for the Global Investment and Competition Unit of the World Bank Group’s Macro, Trade and Investment (MTI) Global Practice. Her teams advise client governments in 90 countries on catalyzing reforms that foster private investment and jobs, and create open, competitive markets. Christine joined the World Bank Group in 1998. From 2011 to 2017, she was manager for the investment climate team that worked on legal, policy, regulatory and institutional reforms in the areas that are key to private sector development, including investment policy and promotion, business regulation, indicator-based reform, trade facilitation and business taxation. In 2012, she launched the Impact Program focused on strengthening the design and measurement of investment climate interventions, and in 2017 she and her team published the first Global Investment Competitiveness Survey and Report.
Prior to that, Christine was Lead Economist at the Policy Division of the Global ICT Department of the World Bank Group. Her main responsibilities included overseeing the Bank Group’s analytical agenda on ICT policies, private investment in telecom infrastructure, economics and impact analysis. She co-edited the first two Global Information and Communications Reports (2006, 2009). She also led and supported operations and policy dialogue in East Asia, South Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe, helping governments introduce competition, privatize incumbent operators, establish regulatory frameworks, and build regulatory capacity.
Christine has published many journal articles, book chapters and reports on private sector development, economic growth and productivity. She has a PhD in Economics and a M.S.E. in Computer Science and Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a BA in German Language and Literature from Shanghai International Studies University in China.