Kiatipong Ariyapruchya is the senior country economist of the World Bank for Thailand. He also covers Myanmar and South Korea. His work focuses on macroeconomic assessment and structural reforms. Prior to joining the Bank, Kiatipong worked at the Bank of Thailand in the Monetary Policy Group and at the Puey Ungphakorn Research Institute. He was also Director at the Capital Market Research Institute at the Stock Exchange of Thailand and economist at the International Monetary Fund where he participated in program negotiation and surveillance missions to Egypt, Georgia, Nepal and South Korea. He also assisted Thailand’s National Reform Council on economic and financial reforms. He holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University, New York and BA in Economics from Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA.