Klaus Tilmes

Klaus Tilmes

Senior Adviser, EXC - Office of the President

Klaus works with the Office of the President to develop the Bank Group's corporate vision on disruptive technologies and their implications for development and to identify opportunities for scaling their adoption through lending operations, policy advice, and partnerships.  In this capacity, he works closely with the UN Science Technology and Innovation (STI) Forum.  

Most recently, Klaus served as Director of the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank Group until December 2017.  In this capacity, Klaus oversaw the delivery of solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East as well as the global teams on Trade & Competition Policy and Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Prior to this, Klaus held positions as Director of the Financial and Private Sector Development (FPD) Network; Knowledge Strategy Advisor; and Manager at the Independent Evaluation Group.  

Klaus holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University, and a Master’s in Economics from the University of Mannheim.

  • Trade
  • Private Sector Development