Sumir Lal is Manager for Operational Communications in the External Affairs Vice Presidency of the World Bank, heading a unit which coordinates campaigns, helps manage reputation risk issues, handles global civil society relations and provides a suite of communication services to Bank teams. This unit also plays a key role in implementation of the Bank’s Access to Information Policy.
Sumir played a pioneering role in introducing political analysis and risk management into project design and analytical work while based in the World Bank's New Delhi office from 2000 to 2006. Prior to joining the World Bank, Sumir was an award-winning journalist in India. He holds an advanced degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and has published a number of papers on the political economy of reforms.