Pontara joined the Bank in 2000 as a Young Professional. He has since held various positions in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management group in both the Africa and Middle-East and North Africa regions. His most recent assignment was as Country Manager for Bolivia, based in La Paz. Prior to that, he served as Head of Office and Program Leader – covering health education and social protection – based in Juba, South Sudan.
Nicola holds a PhD in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Prior to joining the World Bank, he was an ODI Fellow at the Ministry of Planning and Finance in Maputo, Mozambique (1998-2000).