Emcet O. Tas is a Senior Social Development Specialist at the World Bank. He leads research programs on poverty reduction and gender equality, as well as oversees investments and policy reforms in all areas of social development. Before joining the World Bank, he taught Economics at American University and consulted for agencies such as Global Development Network and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency. Emcet holds a Ph.D. in Economics. His work has been published as journal articles and book chapters and informed policy programs across Latin America, Africa, Europe and Central Asia.