Michael Fuchs is currently working as a consultant on financial sector development. Until June 2013 he was Advisor and Acting Sector Manager (2010 - 2012) in the Finance and Private Sector Department of the World Bank's Africa Region. Since 2003 Michael has worked extensively in the Africa Region focusing on financial sector development issues across a broad spectrum of countries. He has led financial sector assessments in 8 countries and for the group of countries in the East African Community as well as policy reform operations including in Kenya and Nigeria. Before joining the Africa Region Michael worked in the World Bank's East and Central Asia Region, focusing on Central Asia and on Russia in the wake of the financial collapse in 1998. Prior to the World Bank Michael was with the Danish Central Bank and the Danish Ministry of Finance. He has his PhD and MA from the University of Copenhagen and his BA from the University of York (UK).