Bledi Celiku is an Economist with the Macroeconomics, Trade & Investment Global Practice in the Middle East and North Africa Region of the World Bank. He joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2015 in the Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group at the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank, he was full time faculty at Christopher Newport University where he taught economics.
He has also held short-term assignments at the World Bank with the Enterprise Surveys Group, Development Research Group, Development Impact Evaluation Team, and at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His research and work interests include economic growth, political economy, and governance issues. He was an author on a WB-UN flagship report entitled: Pathways for Peace: Inclusive Approaches to Preventing Violent Conflict and worked on forced displacement issues as well.
He holds a PhD in Economics from Georgetown University and a BA in Economics and Computer Science from the American University in Bulgaria.