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Sameh Wahba

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Director, Social, Rural, Urban and Resilience Global Practice, World Bank
Sameh Wahba is the Director for Urban and Territorial Development, Disaster Risk Management, and Resilience of the World Bank's Social, Rural, Urban and Resilience Global Practice (GSURR). Previously he worked as the Practice Manager for Urban and Disaster Risk Management in the Africa Region of GSURR, based in Washington D.C. Prior to this, he managed the Global Urban and Resilience Unit, where he was responsible for the World Bank’s urban policy, strategy, analytics and partnerships at the global level. He also worked as Sustainable Development Sector Leader for Brazil, and as an urban specialist focused on housing, land and local economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North Africa Regions. Prior to joining the Bank in 2004, he worked at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam and at the Harvard Center for Urban Development Studies. He holds a Ph.D. and Masters in urban planning from Harvard University, and a B.Sc and M.Sc in Architectural Engineering from Cairo University.
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