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Bill Gain

Senior Private Sector Development Specialist
Bill Gain is the Global Program Manager for Trade Facilitation and Border Management within the World Bank Group’s Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice. Bill leads the implementation of projects in 53 countries, including the flagship Trade Facilitation Support Program.

He has over 34 years of experience in management and leadership roles with a focus on trade facilitation, border management, private sector development, and reform implementation in developing and conflict affected countries worldwide. 

Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Bill was Associate Director and Manager for New Zealand and the Pacific at the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies at the University of Canberra. Bill focused on consulting and academic work including supply chain security, the customs operational environment, integrity & governance, inter-agency partnerships, capacity building, and modernization. 

His prior roles include Senior Policy Advisor and Manager for International Relations & Capacity Building with the New Zealand Customs Service, and New Zealand Customs Attaché to Australia and the Pacific.  Bill holds a Master's Degree in Public Policy from the Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand (2000) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business (HR & Change Management) from the University of Auckland, New Zealand (1996).
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