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Priyam Saraf

Economist

Priyam Saraf is an Economist at the World Bank Group, where she has been working on the Bank’s Mexico, India and Pakistan private sector development programs. Priyam joined in 2015 through the Young Professional’s Program (YPP). Prior to joining the YPP, from 2013 to 2015, Priyam was based in the New Delhi Country Office where her work ranged from project design and implementation to research on increasing competitiveness of industrial sectors in South Asia. In 2012, Priyam worked in the Education Practice and IFC’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services (MAS) Investment Services on employability measurement and skill development. Her areas of expertise include designing and executing industry level integrated approaches (industrial zones, entrepreneurship, access to finance for SMEs) and increasing private sector participation (service delivery and financing) in health and education. Her analytical work focuses on firm based approaches to increase human productivity: from on-the-job training approaches published in the World Development Report on Education, to an (ongoing) impact evaluation on cognitive behavioral training within firms to increase psychological and entrepreneurial outcomes in fragile countries. Over the past eleven years, Priyam has consulted for UNICEF, Dalberg, Transparency International, Nike Foundation and the Monetary Authority of Singapore on various economic issues. Priyam worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company between 2007 to 2010 in Singapore advising private equity firms on investment decisions in emerging markets.