Steve Utterwulghe is a Senior Private Sector Specialist with the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice of the World Bank Group. He serves as the WBG Global Lead for Public-Private Dialogue (PPD). He advises governments and the private sector in Asia, Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and Latin America, on designing and implementing structured and participatory engagement mechanisms that ensure more inclusive and sustainable pro-growth policy reforms, at the national, sub-national (growth poles, cities, clusters) and sectoral level (agribusiness, tourism, extractives).
Over the last 20 years, Steve has also developed a global expertise in the field of fragility and conflict (FCS). He has lived and worked in war-torn countries such as Angola and Sudan, designed and led programs in most FCS across the globe, including Yemen, Mali, Somalia, the Central African Republic, Pakistan, Colombia, Afghanistan, South Sudan, DRC, Haiti, etc. He worked at the United Nations in Geneva (International Trade Centre, UN/WTO) and in Khartoum, Sudan, for the UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General; at the European Commission in Brussels (DEVCO); and as Vice-President of International Development at Search for Common Ground, the world’s largest non-profit organization working in the field of fragility and conflict, development and sustainable business, which operates in 40 countries with a staff of 750. He was also an Advisor to the Australian Government's Agency for International Development.
Steve's work has been published extensively, including by Oxford University Press, in policy journals, news magazines, and in European and African newspapers. He holds Masters degrees from the London School of Economics, and from Tilburg University (the Netherlands) and the Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium). He also received a Graduate Certificate from Cambridge University. He has lived in 8 countries and speaks French, English and Portuguese fluently.
- Building trust and improving the business environment: A win-win proposition
- From Policy Dialogue to Implementation: How to Solve Public-Private Coordination Failures?
- Spatial Growth Solutions, Multi-Stakeholder Engagement, and Fish: Innovative Public-Private Dialogue in Mauritania’s Nouadhibou Free Zone
- Understand the differences, act on the commonalities in a globalized economy: How can Public-Private Dialogue be of help?
- Small states in search of big solutions: How the Caribbean Growth Forum is accelerating pro-growth reforms
- The War is Over. What Do We Do Now? Post-Conflict Recovery of the Private Sector in South Sudan
- Structured dialogue, value chain and competitiveness: A journey through implementation, from Copenhagen to Kabul
- 'It’s the Trust, Stupid!' The Influence of Non-Quantifiable Factors on Policymaking
- Is Somaliland truly “Open for Business”? Moving past the conventional narrative of a fragile state
- Fostering Private Sector Development in Fragile States: A Piece of Cake?