Samia Melhem is the Global Lead for the Digital Development Community of Practice at the World Bank. Her operational responsibilities include investment operations in digital platforms & services as well as thought leadership on digital development. She has recently contributed to the Digital Development Partnership (DDP) setup, and is now leading the DDP’s Digital government analytical work. She has managed digital government transformational projects in Rwanda, Egypt, Philippines, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Guinea, Cote d’Ivoire - leveraging disruptive technologies to improve delivery of public services. She is currently focusing on digital identification projects for regional integration and implementation of inclusive digital economy enablers. She has authored numerous analytical papers and research on disruptive technologies. She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BS), Computer Sciences (MS), and Finance (MBA).