Mark Thomas is Sector Manager for Poverty Reduction and Economic Management in the Africa Region of the World Bank, responsible for all lending and advisory work covering economic policy, poverty, public sector governance, trade, and gender in eight countries in central and western Africa. Mark joined the Bank in 1999 and has worked in Africa, Latin America, Europe, Central Asia, and South Asia, with periods based in Brazil, Turkey, and the USA. He served as Lead Economist for Côte d’Ivoire (2011-12), Kazakhstan (2011), and Turkey (2008-11). Earlier he led the Bank’s programs on debt relief and debt management in low-income countries (2005-08) and was Senior Economist and Program Coordinator in Brazil (2000-05). Mark’s areas of expertise span economic growth, capital markets, debt management, labor markets, and regional policy. Before joining the World Bank he worked for a start-up management consultancy based in Paris and he has also served as adjunct faculty at several universities, including Georgetown, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales at the University of Montreal. Mark Thomas holds a Doctorate in Economics from Princeton University, a Masters in Economics from McGill University, and a B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Oxford. He is a Freeman of the town of Llantrisant in Wales, in the United Kingdom.
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