Ekaterine is a Senior Country Economist in the Global Macroeconomic Trends Team of the Prospects Group at the World Bank. In her present job, she leads the macroeconomic monitoring and economic forecasting work for the East Asia & the Pacific region and monitors recent developments in Emerging Market and Developing Economies. She contributes to various chapters of Global Economic Prospects, the Bank's semi-annual flagship report that examines trends in the global economy and how they affect developing countries and regular economic updates of East Asia and Pacific region. Before joining the Developing Prospects Group, Ekaterine was a Senior Country Economist as well as a Country Sector Coordinator in the Europe and Central Asia region of the World Bank. The last three years of her work in the region she spent in Kazakhstan and was responsible for coordinating the World Bank's economic work for five Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. She led a number of significant economic sector works in the area of economic growth and trade, including her most recent work on assessing the impact of the Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan Customs Union on Central Asian economies. She also co-led a large ending operation in Kazakhstan ($ 1 billion), in the aftermath of the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Prior to joining the World Bank, as a Young Professional, Ekaterine worked at various positions in the IMF, including her assignment as an Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Georgia. Ekaterine holds her degrees from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, in France and Tbilisi State University, in Georgia. Ekaterine has a daughter who is an associate in Morgan Stanley and a fourteen year old son, Nicholas.