Frederic Meunier joined the World Bank in 2010 and is a Private Sector Development Specialist within the Development Economics Vice Presidency. He currently leads the Entrepreneurship database project–which measures trends in entrepreneurship around the world. He also developed the We-Data Project – which assesses the gap between female and male entrepreneurs. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics from Sciences Po and studied at Georgetown University. He holds a master’s degree in economics from the College of Europe (Belgium) and a master's degree in international business from ESSEC business school. Prior to joining the team, Mr. Meunier worked at Société Générale Corporate & Investment Banking, where he focused on project finance and public private partnerships. He speaks French and is conversant in German and Spanish.
Cyriane Coste joined the World Bank in January 2016. Her work is focused on business regulation and entrepreneurship. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in International Business and Economics Law from Georgetown University. She is an attorney admitted in New York State and France. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ms. Coste worked in international law firms in Washington, DC and in Paris on corporate and trade law issues. She speaks French and Spanish.
Sabrina Fantoni Custodio
Sabrina Fantoni Custodio is a Private Sector Development and Female Entrepreneurship Analyst for the Financial Institutions Group at the IFC since September 2021. She contributed to the Entrepreneurship Project from February 2019 until October 2021. She earned a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and has over 8 years of experience working with the private sector and think tanks.
Marina Kayumova is an Operations Analyst with the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency. Marina works on private sector development, entrepreneurship, innovation, and digital transformation. She led the development of digital indicators, analytical work on digital development, inclusive digital economy, innovation of SMEs, regulatory enablers, and digital agriculture. Before joining the World Bank Group in 2015, Marina was a Research Fellow at George Washington University. Previously she worked for GSM Association in London and European Parliament in Brussels. She holds a Master of Philosophy in Innovation, Strategy and Organization from the University of Cambridge, UK and a Master’s Degree in Advanced European Studies and International Relations from the European Institute, France. Marina speaks French, Russian and is conversant in Spanish.
Sarah Kouhlani-Nolla is a Private Sector Development analyst at the Development Economics Global Indicators Group (DECIG), with expertise in assessment of entrepreneurial climate. Before joining DECIG, she worked at the Fragility, Conflict and Violence group of the World Bank and at UNDP on Governance and Peacebuilding. Ms. Kouhlani holds a Master’s in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where she was a Fulbright scholar, and a double bachelor’s degree in Law and Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. She speaks French, Arabic and Spanish.
Ricardo Martins Maia
Ricardo Maia joined the World Bank in 2021. He holds a Master’s degree in International Development from IE University (Spain) and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Porto (Portugal). Originally from Portugal, he is interested in Development Economics, Sustainability and Social Inclusion. Ricardo has professional experience in project management, finance, humanitarian aid, social entrepreneurship and research, and enjoys painting, hiking and travelling. He speaks Portuguese, Spanish, Tetum and English.
Qunrui Tim Zhou
Qunrui Tim Zhou joined the World Bank in January 2019 and currently works on the Entrepreneurship Project. He also undertook his internship with the Entrepreneurship team in the spring of 2019. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in the field of Economics as well as International Studies and later received a master’s degree in International Economic Relations, both from the American University. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Mr. Zhou interned with the American division of China Global Television Network at Washington D.C. Originally from Beijing, China, he is interested in private sector development and business regulation in emerging markets. He also enjoys playing soccer and tennis. He speaks English and Chinese.
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