Gianluca Mele is the Lead Economist and Program Leader for West Bank and Gaza, in the World Bank’s Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Practice Group. Prior to this position, he worked as an economic adviser to the former Chief Executive Officer and the Managing Director of Operations. Previously, as a senior economist in charge of various countries in the MENA, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa Regions, he worked on growth and competitiveness diagnostics, fiscal reforms in the area of tax expenditures and public spending efficiency, debt sustainability, and on empirical research on wealth accounting. He joined the Bank in 2011, coming from the United Nations in Geneva (2007-2010). Dr. Mele received a Ph.D. in Economics and Statistics from his hometown’s University (Salerno, Italy) and a master’s degree in International Affairs by LUISS University (Rome, Italy).