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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 Chile, Mexico, India and Pakistan private sector development programs. Her work focuses on driving public policy changes to improve sectoral competitiveness across manufacturing, agribusiness and tourism for local economic development. Priyam joined the WBG in 2015 through the Young Professional’s Program (YPP). Prior to joining the YPP, between 2013 and 2015, Priyam was based in the New Delhi Country Office where she focused on the delivery of a large operational and research portfolio in South Asia. Since 2015, Priyam has been working on designing and implementing industry-integrated approaches (zones, industrial parks, entrepreneurship ecosystems, access to finance systems) to attract foreign direct investors and link them with local suppliers to create jobs in the poorest parts of Mexico and Chile. Priyam’s research focuses on industry- and firm- based interventions to increase human development outcomes in education and health. She has published policy recommendations in several publications, notably the World Development Report (2018), the South Asia Competitiveness Flagship Study (2016) and the Global Corruption Report: Education (2013). Over the past 11 years, Priyam has consulted for UNICEF, the Monetary Authority of Singapore, Dalberg, Transparency International and Nike Foundation. Between 2007 to 2010, Priyam worked as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Singapore advising private equity investors and technology companies in emerging markets. She holds a dual BSc. in Information Systems Management and Economics from Singapore Management University and a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University.