World Bank Lead Economist Kenya, Rwanda, Eritrea
Based in Nairobi, Apurva is the World Bank’s Lead Economist for Kenya, Rwanda and Eritrea. Prior to that, he led the economic growth cluster of the World Bank’s Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Department in Washington DC. Apurva is also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC's) Special Report on Extreme Events, and was the team leader for the joint World Bank - UN flagship project on the economics of disasters. He has worked on development topics ranging from infrastructure and climate change to microfinance and agricultural economics. Before joining the World Bank, Apurva worked in private sector consulting; for the Thailand Development Research Institute; and held teaching and research positions at the University of Chicago, Thammasat University (Bangkok), and Yale University. He holds degrees in physics and economics, and a PhD from the University of Chicago, where his core training was on growth and macroeconomics.
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