Kanthan Shankar, an Indian national, is the Country Manager for the World Bank Group's first office in Myanmar. Mr. Shankar assumed his post in Yangon on September 17, 2012, and will oversee the implementation of the Bank's program, which is aimed at supporting government economic reforms, building stronger institutions and helping government's efforts to bring inclusive and sustainable development to the country.
Mr. Shankar has vast experience in post-conflict reconstruction operations. He has been with the World Bank for over 20 years of which 15 years were dedicated to work in fragile countries.
He first joined the Bank in 1991,as a consultant on a global water supply and sanitation program and later worked in the Middle East and North Africa Region where he managed numerous projects in West Bank and Gaza, Iran, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria. He became the World Bank Representative in Kosovo in June 2004 and was responsible for developing the World Bank strategy for the period of 2005 to 2007. After his assignment in Kosovo, Mr. Shankar worked on infrastructure projects in Russia, Azerbaijan and Belarus. In 2009, he moved to the Pacific Department as the Operations Manager for 12 countries including the Pacific Islands, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Shankar holds engineering degrees from India and the United States. He also worked as an engineering consultant in those two countries before joining the World Bank.