Wolfgang Fengler is the World Bank’s Lead Economist in the Nairobi office of the World Bank where he covers Kenya, Rwanda, and Eritrea.
A native German, Wolfgang has been a staff member of the World Bank for 12 years, during which he lived in three continents: First in America working at the World Bank’s headquarters in Washington DC, then in Asia as a Senior Economist in the Indonesia office and now in Kenya, which hosts the World Bank’s largest office in Africa. Wolfgang has published extensively including on issues covering structural adjustment, public finance, and the global aid architecture.
In 2010, he co-edited “Delivering Aid Differently”, a Brookings publication together with Homi Kharas. With his Nairobi based team, he also launched the Kenya Economic Update, the World bank’s most circulated publication in Africa. Together with Marcelo Giugale, Wolfgang also hosts the “Economics for Everyone – Development Discourse…” column in Kenya’s Saturday Nation.
Prior to joining the World Bank, he set up Africa Consulting, LLC, and was a Fellow at the Research Institute for International Relations. Wolfgang gained a PhD in political economy from the University of Hamburg (Germany). Wolfgang loves sports and is the “Football commissioner” at the International School of Kenya where he organizes one of the largest kids’ sports events in Kenya of its kind, the “Nairobi Mini World Cup.”
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- 04/11/13 2030: Global shifts and Kenya's transformation
- 03/07/13 To succeed, Kenya only needs to look within
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- 02/06/13 Big data and development: “The second half of the chess board”
- 01/29/13 Has Africa outgrown Aid?
- 01/10/13 What can we learn from successful companies and teams?
- 01/09/13 What will 2013 look like for Kenya’s economy?
- 12/18/12 Creating more and better jobs in Kenya
- 12/05/12 Data – The next frontier of Development
- 11/19/12 Africa's MICs
- 11/06/12 Safety nets and poverty reduction: A hand-up not a hand-out
- 10/24/12 Living a long and healthy life – Africa and Kenya are only starting to catch up
- 10/03/12 “Seven” is the world’s defining number: what does it mean for Kenya?
- 09/18/12 Sweetening Kenya’s future – The challenges of the sugar industry
- 09/05/12 Kenya’s education dividend
- 08/20/12 Why are Kenyans still brilliant runners but disappointing footballers?
- 07/16/12 How Kenya became a world leader for mobile money
- 07/03/12 If Kenya was a member of the Euro zone – Lessons in managing debt sustainably
- 06/13/12 Slums dwellers need opportunities not hand-outs
- 05/31/12 Can Kenya replicate Indonesia’s turnaround?
- 05/17/12 How price controls can lead to higher prices
- 05/02/12 Five reasons why Kenya and Africa should take off
- 04/16/12 Big shifts and what they mean for Africa and Kenya
- 04/13/12 The Nairobi Mini World Cup