Martin Melecky is Lead Economist at the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, World Bank. Currently, he leads the regional flagship report on Financial Risks and Contingent Liabilities in South Asia, and global report on Finance and Productivity. Recently, he has led regional reports on Economic Corridors in South Asia, and Finance for Shared Prosperity in Europe and Central Asia. He has conducted financial sector assessment programs, development policy operations, and investment and technical assistance projects in South Asia, Emerging Europe, and Central Asia. He is the lead author of the chapter in the 2014 World Development Report on the role of the financial system in risk management. Before the World Bank, Martin worked as Economist at the Dutch Central Bank, as Consultant at the European Central Bank, and as Consultant for the Czech National Bank. In his research, he has been focusing on financial development and growth, transport and spatial economics, and monetary and fiscal policy. A Czech national, he received a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He co-authored three books and published in journals such as the World Bank Economic Review, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Financial Stability, and Journal of Banking and Finance, among others.