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Adeline Choy is a coordinator for the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC), based in the World Bank Hub for Infrastructure and... Read more »
Alejandra de Lecea is a communications associate in the Web and Social Media Team of the External and Corporate Relations at the... Read more »

Alexandra manages the development and implementation of the citizen engagement mechanism Barrio Digital, which aims to improve commu... Read more »

Ana works as an Urban Development Specialist in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. Her work focuses on improving city management... Read more »
Andy Shuai Liu serves as the Communications Officer for the World Bank's Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice, focusing on... Read more »
Anna Corsi is a Senior Land Administration Specialist in the Global Land and Geospatial Unit of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and... Read more »
Anna I. Gueorguieva is a Senior Economist with the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. Anna’s twelve... Read more »
Anna is a key member of the World Bank’s SURR GP senior management team that sets strategy for analytics and financing in areas such as... Read more »
Annie Bidgood is an Urban Development Specialist at the World Bank. She has worked at the World Bank for three years, covering Sub... Read more »
Armando Guzman is a Guatemalan Civil Engineer and Economist who has led the design of Cat DDOs as a task team leader in the World Bank’s... Read more »
Artessa Saldivar-Sali is a Civil Engineer with expertise in urban environment as well as disaster risk management and was assessing... Read more »
 Arturo Ardila-Gomez is a Lead Transport Economist in the World Bank’s Transport and ICT Global Practice. He co-leads the Urban... Read more »

Ayah Mahgoub is an urban economist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice at the World Bank.  She focuses o... Read more »

Ayaz Parvez is Senior Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist within the Africa Region DRM Team of the World Bank’s... Read more »
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Barbara Minguez Garcia is a World Bank consultant on cultural heritage and disaster risk management with a focus on Latin America and the... Read more »
Brendan is a Disaster Risk Management Analyst with the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management Team. He works on... Read more »
Brenden Jongman helps lead the Innovation Lab's analytical and cross-support activities related to disaster risk assessment. Previously,... Read more »
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Carina Lakovits works as urban specialist in the City Resilience Program. She previously worked as Austrian advisor in the Board of... Read more »
Catalina Marulanda is originally from Colombia, but she is currently based in Washington DC where she is the Practice... Read more »
Chandan Deuskar has worked on Urban Development in the East Asia and Pacific region of the World Bank since 2011. He is an... Read more »
Chisako Fukuda is the senior communications officer for urban development and disaster risk management at the World Bank. As a former... Read more »
Chris Kennedy is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he teaches courses in... Read more »
Christa Anderson is a Junior Associate at the World Bank's Urban Development and Local Government Unit where she works on cities and... Read more »

Claire Azzabi is a Local Governance Consultant with the World Bank. Based in Tunis, Tunisia, Claire has been the focal point of the ... Read more »

Claire Markgraf joined the World Bank in 2008 as a junior professional associate in the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility ... Read more »

Claudia manages online communications for the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice at the World Bank. She's a native ... Read more »

Clifton Cortez is the Global Adviser on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) for the World Bank. Prior to joining the World Bank... Read more »
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Dan retired early from the World Bank in 2012 after almost 20 years of experience in the urban sector. He was the Bank’s Lead Urban ... Read more »

Daniel Levine is the Senior Operations Officer / Team Lead of the Tokyo Development Learning Center program within the Social, Urban,... Read more »
Daniele La Porta is a Senior Mining Specialist with the World Bank Group in Washington D.C. In this role she manages projects in Colombia... Read more »
Dao Harrison is the Senior Housing Specialist for the World Bank, serving markets in the Asia Pacific region from the Singapore Hub for... Read more »
David Mason consults with the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice on urban planning, land administration and... Read more »
David Sislen is the Practice Manager for Urban and Disaster Risk Management for Europe and Central Asia at the World Bank, where he... Read more »
With degrees in Foreign Service (BS, Georgetown University) and Public Policy (MPP, UC Berkeley), Debra Lam has over ten years of... Read more »
Duncan Gromko works at the Inter-American Development Bank on the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Program. He also writes about... Read more »
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Ede Ijjasz-Vasquez is the Senior Director for the World Bank Group’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice.
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Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is Founder and CEO of Build Change, an international non-profit social enterprise based in Denver, Colorado, USA,... Read more »
Ellen Hamilton is a Lead Urban Specialist for the Middle East and North Africa Unit of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience... Read more »
Emanuela Monteiro is an expert in urban development and has 15 years of professional experience in the area, both in the public and... Read more »
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Farouk Banna is an Environmental Engineer who joined the Urban Development and Resilience unit of the World Bank in April 2012, working... Read more »
Fen Wei is a consultant with the Urban unit of the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (GSURR) of the World Bank. She... Read more »

Francesco Bandarin is the UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture. He is Professor of Urban Planning and Conservation at the U... Read more »

Francisco Obreque, based in La Paz, Bolivia, joined the Bank as an Agricultural Specialist in June 2012. He has been... Read more »
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Dr. George “Mac” McCarthy is President and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Lincoln... Read more »
Grace Muhimpundu is a Social Development Specialist in the Africa Region, where she works on a number of countries, including the DRC,... Read more »
GUNES BASAT is a communications consultant, currently supporting Urbanscapes Group within the Social, Urban, Rural and... Read more »
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Henry Jewell joined the Bank in May 2010 as a Geospatial Analyst in the Urban and Local Government Unit. Prior to joining the Bank he... Read more »
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Mr. Ivo Germann is Head of Operations of the Economic Development Cooperation Directorate at the Swiss State Secretariat for... Read more »
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Jasmine Susanna Tillu is an urban... Read more »
Jim Leape is the Director General of WWF International, a position to which he was appointed in December 2005. Leape has worked in... Read more »
Jiwon Park was part of the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice as an intern in the summer of 2016, working... Read more »
Joanna Masic is a Senior Urban Specialist in Europe and Central Asia. She is an Environmental Scientist and Geographer with 17 years’... Read more »

Joe is Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank, heading teams on Resilient Recovery and Urban Resilience at the G... Read more »

Jolanta Kryspin-Watson is Lead Disaster Risk Management Specialist and Regional DRM Coordinator for East Asia and the Pacific at the... Read more »
Jon Kher Kaw (@jonkherkaw) is a Senior Urban Development Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global... Read more »

Juan Pablo Bonilla, is the Manager of the IDB's Climate Change and Sustainable Development Sector (CSD). Previously, he was Chief of... Read more »

Judy Baker is a Lead Economist in the Global Practice for Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience at the World Bank focusing on issues of... Read more »
Judy Zheng Jia is an Urban Analyst in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (SURR) of the World Bank. She specializes... Read more »
Julian Palma is currently an Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management Specialist (Consultant) at the World Bank Group. In this... Read more »
Julianne Baker Gallegos is a Junior Professional Associate focusing on the relationship between cities and climate change at the World... Read more »
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Kamila Galeza is a Consultant with the Water Global Practice (GP). Before joining the Water GP, Kamila worked in the Social, Urban, Rural... Read more »
Katarina Barunica Spoljaric is a Sustainable Urban Planning Associate at the Energy Department of the United Nations Industrial... Read more »
Ms. Kaneda is a Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Specialist at the GFDRR DRM Hub Tokyo. She works on technical assistance grant portfolio,... Read more »
Keith Garrett is a Private Sector Development Specialist with the Africa, Finance and Private Sector Development unit. He previously... Read more »
Kevin Taylor leads cities initiatives as part of the Climate Program at WWF. His work advances climate action directly in cities as well... Read more »

Mr. Ko Takeuchi is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist for the Europe and Central Asia region at the World Bank. He is leading dis... Read more »

Kristina Wienhoefer is a Disaster Risk Management Analyst (Consultant) with the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice in... Read more »
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Laura Tuck assumed the position of World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development on July 1, 2015. In this role... Read more »
Lauri is Senior Disability and Development Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice at the World Bank and... Read more »
Linh Le is an Urban Analyst in the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank, based in Hanoi, Vietnam. His specialization includes... Read more »
Lisa Yao joined the Global Social Urban Rural and Resilience Global Practice in 2015 to focus on solid waste management and low carbon... Read more »
Lois Goh works in Online Communications for the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice. She started out as a... Read more »
Luis Triveño is an Urban Development Specialist at the World Bank. He has led and executed social, urban and rural development reform... Read more »
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Maggie Comstock is a policy analyst at the U.S. Green Building Council working on federal and international green building policy and... Read more »
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Maria Angelica is a Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice (SURR GP) for the Africa Urban... Read more »
Mark Roberts is a Senior Economist with the South Asia Urban and Water Unit of the World Bank, where he is co-leading work on the... Read more »
Martim Smolka is an economist graduated from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (1971), M.A. and Ph.D. in Regional... Read more »
Matthew E. Kahn is a Professor at the UCLA Institute of the Environment, the Department of Economics, the Department of... Read more »

Dr. Michael Lea is a principal of Cardiff Consulting Services. During his career, Dr. Lea has extensive academic, consulting, financ... Read more »

Ming Zhang is sector manager for urban and water for the South Asia region of the World Bank. He has more than 15 years’ experience with... Read more »
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Nancy Lozano Gracia is a Senior Economist in the Urban, Rural and Social Global Practice within the World Bank. Within... Read more »

Dr. Naoko Ishii is the CEO and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), an independently operating financial organizati... Read more »

Nicholas Keyes is the Communications Officer for ESMAP, the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program. Prior to joining the Bank in mid... Read more »
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Oscar A. Ishizawa is a Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice at the... Read more »
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Pablo got involved with the Climate Centre of the International Federation of... Read more »
Pamela Duran currently works at the World Bank as a social development consultant, where she is responsible for providing operational and... Read more »
Paula Restrepo is a Senior Economist and Task Team Leader in the Urban, Rural and Social Global Practice within the World Bank. Within... Read more »
Paula Rossiasco is a Social Development Specialist, working in the Africa region of the World Bank. She has extensive experience with... Read more »
Perinaz Bhada-Tata is an independent consultant working on issues related to solid waste management, cities, and climate change. She was... Read more »
Peter Head is the Director of Arup, a global firm of urban designers, engineers, planners and business consultants. In 2011, he... Read more »
Peter Yanev has over 40 years of experience in natural hazards risk management and is considered one of the world leading... Read more »
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Rana Amirtahmasebi is an urban planner experienced in policy analysis and implementation of urban community and local... Read more »
Rishi Desai currently manages research efforts for the C40 Cities Climate Leadership group. He is responsible for developing the... Read more »
Robert Bernard is responsible for defining and implementing the global strategy for Microsoft’s environmental efforts. Under Rob’s... Read more »

Dr. Robert McDonald is Lead Scientist for the Global Cities program at The Nature Conservancy. He researches the impact and dependen... Read more »

A Honduran national, Rocío Calidonio is a Social Development Specialist with the World Bank's Violence Prevention Team of the Social... Read more »
Rosanna Nitti is Senior Urban Specialist with the Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience (SURR) Global Practice of the World Bank Group,... Read more »
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Sabine Beddies is a Senior Urban Specialist in the Global Practice for Social, Urban Rural and Resilience in the Middle East and North... Read more »
Sameh Wahba, an Egyptian national, is the Global Director for Urban and Territorial Development, Disaster Risk... Read more »

Samhita Kumar is a mental health and development specialist using psychosocial support as a paradigm for improving d... Read more »

Sangmoo Kim works in Urban, Rural & Social Development Unit, the World Bank as an urban specialist based in Washington, D.C. His area... Read more »
Sarah Antos is an urban geographer at the World Bank who has worked extensively with spatial data in the field of international... Read more »
Sarah Lin is an Urban Analyst on the East Asia and Pacific team of GSURR, working on operational and analytical urban development... Read more »

SHAZIA SIDDIQI, MD, MPH. is currently the Executive Director of non-profit organization, Deaf Abused Women’s Network (DAWN), in... Read more »

Silpa Kaza is an Economist who joined the Urban Development and Resilience unit of the World Bank in 2013, working primarily on solid... Read more »
Sintana Vergara joined the World Bank’s Urban Development unit to assess and improve solid waste (trash) management in cities. Her... Read more »
Sofia Zhukova is an Analyst at the Social Urban Rural and Resilience Global Practice, in the Urban and Disaster Risk Management team in... Read more »
Somik V. Lall is the World Bank’s Global Lead on Territorial Development Solutions and its Lead Economist for Urban... Read more »
Soraya Goga started her career working for the Durban Metropolitan Council in the Economic Development Department, and she continues to... Read more »
Stacy Morford is a senior online communications officer. Read more »
Dr. Stephen Hammer is the Manager of Climate Policy for the World Bank Group (WBG). His team is responsible for shaping the WBG’s global... Read more »
Sujoyini Mandal is a consultant with the Urban unit in the East Asia and Pacific (EAP) region of the World Bank since July 2013. A recent... Read more »
Sumila Gulyani is currently the Global Lead for Urban Development Strategy and Analytics at the World Bank.  From 2012-2014, she... Read more »
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Sweta Shrestha is a knowledge management and communications consultant supporting the South Asia Gender, Urban and Social Developmen... Read more »

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Dr. Thomas Esch is leader of the research team “Urban Areas and Land Management” and project manager at the German... Read more »
Tim Hanstad was still a law student when he joined Roy Prosterman in his mission to strengthen land rights for the rural poor. Hanstad... Read more »
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Valerie Santos is a senor urban specialist at the World Bank Group. She works with national and local governments around the globe on... Read more »

Victor Vergara joined the World Bank in 1991 and contributed to the preparation of Urban Management Progr... Read more »

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Dr. Xiaomei Tan is a Climate Change Specialist at the Global Environment Facility (GEF). She manages the GEF’s low-carbon urban and... Read more »
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Yara has joined the Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid team recently as a Senior Infrastructure Specialist to support the team’s... Read more »
Yue Li is an economist in World Bank’s South Asia region. She recently co-authored the 2013 World Development Report on Jobs, as the... Read more »
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Zishan Karim is a Senior Social Development Specialist in the Social, Urban, Rural, and Resilience Global Practice based in Nairobi,... Read more »
Zoe Elena Trohanis is originally from Chapel Hill, NC. She is based in Lima, Peru as a Senior Urban Specialist with more... Read more »
Zuzana is a Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank East Asia and Pacific Disaster Risk Management Team... Read more »