Ms. Mamta Murthi is Director of Strategy & Operations for the Infrastructure Practice Group, a position she assumed on July 1, 2018. In this position, she supports the Vice President in setting strategy and overseeing operations of the World Bank in Infrastructure. The Infrastructure Group comprises Energy and Extractives, Transport, Digital Development and Infrastructure Finance & Public Private Partnerships. The World Bank’s active portfolio in Infrastructure consists of 400 operations for a total value of USD 75 billion, implemented by a workforce of over 700 staff in headquarters and 82 country offices all over the world. The objective of the World Bank in Infrastructure is to develop sustainable solutions to close infrastructure gaps in developing and emerging economies.
An Indian national, Ms. Murthi has over 25 years of experience in technical and leadership positions in international development. She was the World Bank’s Regional Country Director for Central Europe and the Baltics, based in Brussels, overseeing operational and analytical work in support of economic convergence in newer member states of the EU. Most recently she was Director of Strategy and Operations for the Africa Region of the World Bank where she oversaw the program of lending and non-lending services to low and middle-income countries during IDA17 and the first year of IDA18.
Ms. Murthi was also Manager for Education in the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank, covering Eastern Europe, the Former Soviet Union and Turkey. In this role, she helped shape the nature of World Bank engagement on education policy in the region. Prior to that she was Lead Economist in the Chief Economist’s Office in ECA where she oversaw a large analytical work program of cross-country studies on economic growth, inequality, jobs, and aging. This was followed by a stint as Deputy Director of the World Development Report 2007 on youth policy.
Ms. Murthi joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1994.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Murthi was a Lecturer in Economics at the University of Sussex, U.K., and Research Associate at STICERD at the London School of Economics. Between 1998 and 2000, she was a MacArthur Fellow on Poverty and Inequality at the Centre for History and Economics, Cambridge. Ms. Murthi holds a D.Phil. in Economics, from Balliol College, Oxford, a Master’s from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi, and a Bachelor’s from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. She has written extensively on issues of poverty, demography, education, pensions, and skills and is well-known for her econometric studies on fertility and the position of women in India.
Ms. Murthi is married with two children. Her husband is a Professor of Economics and Finance at Birkbeck College, University of London.