Muthukumara Mani is a Lead Economist in the South Asia Chief Economist’s Office with over twenty years of experience leading environmental projects, policy dialogue, analytical work and capacity building activities. He has operational experience in both the World Bank and IMF leading green growth and climate change policy dialogue, including from field office locations. He has delivered a number of high impact and policy relevant knowledge products in sustainable development area.
He primarily works on climate change mitigation and adaptation issues, water and environmental issues in the region. Prior to joining the South Asia region, he led the World Bank's work on assessing environmental implications of development policy lending reforms in the Environment Department of the World Bank. Prior to joining this position, Dr. Mani was an economist in the Fiscal Affairs Department of the International Monetary Fund, where he was responsible for analyzing environmental implications of macroeconomic policies and programs, and in integrating environmental considerations broadly in the IMF country programs. Dr. Mani has numerous books, journal publications and policy papers. a doctorate and master’s in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park.