Dr. Iftikhar Mostafa is a Senior Agriculture Economist in the Agriculture and Food Practice Group, South Asia Region at the World Bank. He has more than 25 years of experience in food and agriculture, public-private partnership, finance, and strategy development and implementation. Dr. Mostafa has worked on agriculture, health, education and infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa, South and South East Asia, Central Asia, and South America. Prior to his current role, he was Senior Agriculture Economist in the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) Coordination Unit, and earlier was Advisor in the CGIAR Fund Office at the World Bank. He served as Co-chair of the Sustainable Food System working group of the United Nations Zero Hunger Challenge. He was Executive Manager of Corporate Strategy, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) in Australia, and held senior positions in the Australian Government Department of Finance and the Islamic Development Bank. As Assistant Professor of Economics and Finance, Dr. Mostafa taught in the School of Business at Saint Bonaventure University, New York. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University. He is an alumnus of the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Switzerland, and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.