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Seasoned, accomplished development economist with over 25 years of experience positively impacting economic growth and development, aid effectiveness, and poverty outcomes of developing countries. Broad-based background with both low-income and higher-income countries such as Botswana, Brazil, Czech Republic, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Japan, Namibia, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Switzerland, Turkey, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Specialize in economic modeling, public finance and expenditure analysis, trade liberalization, carbon taxation, and development strategy. Skilled at collaborating cross-functionally with government officials, bankers, and business managers to reach favorable outcomes. Researcher who has published a book and several reports on economic affairs. Talented leader who has trained staff during seminars and in-house trainings.
Seasoned Development Economist Economic Growth and Prospects Low and High Income Analysis Public Expenditure Analysis Carbon Taxation Governmental Leadership Economic Modeling Expert Poverty Development Outcomes Trade Liberalization Debt Relief Labor Market Issues Published Researcher
Economic Modeling Developed simple and complex computable general equilibrium (CGE) modeling for India’s 1991 trade liberalization, South Africa’s wage subsidy and carbon taxation, Zambia’s poverty reduction strategy, and the stress-testing of Africa’s recent growth and poverty performance, among others. Created a solution for analyzing countries with severe data constraints by introducing the simple 1-2-3 model as a teaching tool to train new staff and government officials on performing quick economic analyses. Provided economic modeling assistance to South Africa’s National Treasury, Zambia’s Ministry of Finance, and Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Trade. Economic Development Currently reduce poverty and encourage shared prosperity at the global, regional, and country level as a seasoned economist for World Bank. Co-edited “Africa at the Turning Point?,” a book that examines the implications of Africa’s recent growth. Directed the monitoring and analysis of industrial development in the Philippines, regularly briefing progress to bankers, business managers, and leaders. Lectured at internal World Bank programs and graduate level programs on economic growth, economic modeling, macroeconomics, mathematical statistics, and introduction to econometrics. Public Expenditure Analysis/Debt Relief Achieved the World Bank President Award for Excellence for leading the Zambia public expenditure review which resulted in securing necessary debt relief. Negotiated with government staff and officials emphasizing public finance issues, the role of government, and the economic justifications for public interventions.