Paul Vallely is currently the Program Leader for Connectivity and Infrastructure for the Central Asia Region. Paul is based in the World Bank’s Central Asia Regional Office (CARO) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Paul has over 30 years experience of working in development, mainly in the transport sector. He initially worked as a consultant for nearly 20 years on a diverse range of projects in Europe, South Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific.
For the past 15 years he has worked on development programs for multilateral development banks. At the Asian Development Bank he was responsible for loan and technical assistance processing and administration for infrastructure projects in Sri Lanka, Lao PDR, the Greater Mekong Subregion (Vietnam, Lao, China and Cambodia), Vietnam and Thailand.
Prior to relocating to CARO, he was based in Vietnam where he was responsible for coordinating the World Bank’s transport sector loan and technical assistance portfolio. He also worked on transport projects in China and Lao PDR. The Vietnam portfolio, with loans amounting to about $2 billion, included projects addressing needs for rural roads, national highways, expressways, inland waterways, railways and urban transport. The Bank’s technical assistance program in Vietnam addressed a broad range of issues including disaster risk management, transport logistics and multimodal planning, use of PPP modalities for expressway, road asset management systems, urban public transport systems and integration of urban transport and urban planning.
In his assignment in CARO, he is working with the Transport and ICT, Energy and Extractives, Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience, and Governance Global Practices as well as the Public Private Partnerships (PPP) Cross Cutting Solutions Area. His work program covers all five of the central Asia countries, i.e. Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.