Lars Grava is a Senior Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank Group's Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice. He has 20+ years of experience in providing technical advice and managing projects in more than 50 developing countries. His expertise is in legal, regulatory, institutional and administrative reforms for government transformation and private sector growth. Lars' projects have led to cost savings for government and business, productivity and competitiveness gains, improved enforcement and compliance with regulations, and sustainability of reform initiatives. He has written numerous papers on these topics. Lars has advised and trained government officials at all levels to design and adopt new policies and procedures. He has designed monitoring and evaluation systems for WBG and client governments to measure project and program success. Lars is an attorney and certified project management professional.
Lars has worked on a number of topics relating to business regulation, including: risk-based regulation; enforcement and compliance systems (licensing, permitting and inspections); company registration; consumer awareness and empowerment; e-government and e-registries; IT solutions; special economic zones; investment policy and promotion; Doing Business indicators; local government reforms; public-private dialogue; food safety; agribusiness; trade logistics; customs and border-crossing; tax administration; anti-corruption; immigration procedures; one-stop shops and integrated government services; environmental clearances; energy licensing; tourism; real estate title transfer; land development; construction permits; appeals and other recourse systems.