Vincent Palmade is Lead Economist in the Private and Financial Sector group of the Africa region of the World Bank. Vincent joined the World Bank in 2004 as Lead Economist for FIAS, the investment climate advisory service of the World Bank Group. Prior to joining the World Bank, Vincent worked for twelve years with McKinsey and Company where he was a Partner of the McKinsey Global Institute (McKinsey’s economic research group). Vincent’s work focuses on the strategy and institutional issues related to private sector development. Vincent graduated from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.