Yutaka Yoshino is the Program Leader and Lead Economist for the Equitable Growth, Finance, and Institutions (EFI) for Tanzania, Burundi, Malawi, and Somalia, based in Dar es Salaam. He covers programs in the areas of finance & market, governance, macroeconomics and fiscal management, poverty and equity, and trade and competitiveness.
Yutaka started his career in the World Bank in 2003 as a consultant at the Africa Region Private Sector Development Group and the World Bank Institute. He later joined the Office of Chief Economist of the Africa Region as a staff economist covering Eastern Africa, and then the PREM Eastern Africa and the Horn unit to work on Sudan, South Sudan, and Tanzania work programs. Between 2010 and 2015, he was the Senior Country Economist for Tanzania. Throughout his career in the Bank, he has led a number of lending and analytical projects in the areas of macroeconomic policies, growth and structural transformation, trade and investment, economic geography, and natural resources for development.
Prior to the Bank, he was an Economic Attaché at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York and a lecturer in economics at the University of Virginia. He has master’s degrees from Columbia University and the University of Virginia and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Virginia with specialization in international economics, public finance, and industrial organization.