David Knight is the Lead Country Economist and Program Leader for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions covering Central Asia, based in Tashkent. Prior to that David was a Lead Economist and Program Leader for the Russian Federation, and previously held positions with the World Bank in Turkey, Timor-Leste and Sydney, Australia. David has led research on a range of topics related to macroeconomics, poverty reduction, fiscal management and trade and has publications in a range of areas such as public financial management, aid effectiveness, balance of payments issues, and global value chains.
Prior to joining the Bank, David was a graduate economist and economic advisor in the UK government, holding portfolios in HM Revenue and Customs on international taxation, property tax, environmental taxation and Computable General Equilibrium modelling and in HM Treasury, where he was part of the Performance and Reform Unit (formerly known as the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit). He also worked in the Sierra Leonean Ministry of Finance and Economic Development as an economist and Overseas Development Institute fellow.
David holds an undergraduate degree in economics from LSE and a master’s degree in economics from the University of Melbourne. He is a British-Australian dual national.