Yoichiro Ishihara is the World Bank’s Resident Representative and Senior Country Economist for Bhutan. Under the leadership of the Country Director, he leads the World Bank programs in Bhutan. He is a macroeconomist with a broad operational expertise, apt technical skills and rich client experience across various regions of the World Bank. He also worked for the policy department in Washington DC on development effectiveness and results management.
Prior to moving to Bhutan, he was the country economist based in Rwanda. Before that, he had held various positions including the economist in Indonesia and the senior country economist in Afghanistan. Yoichiro holds a PhD in Development Economics (Graduate School of International Development of Nagoya University, Japan).