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Nazaneen Ismail Ali

Senior Procurement Specialist, Governance Global Practice, World Bank

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Nazaneen Ismail Ali is a Senior Procurement Specialist and Procurement Hub Coordinator working in the Governance Global Practice - Southern and East Africa region and is currently based in the World Bank office in Washington D.C. Of her more than 30 years of experience, the last 15 years has featured intense involvement in World Bank public procurement operations and extensive advisory services to governments in the planning and execution of reform programs, including assessment and modernization of countries’ public procurement systems, introduction of innovations in their practices, and related capacity-building activities.

Nazaneen has been a team leader for a number of public procurement reform programs and the initiator of the “Enhancing SME Access to Public Procurement” program in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. She is the course manager and key lecturer for the joint World Bank and IMF-Middle East Center for Economics and Finance (CEF) MENA regional course on Contemporary Issues in Reform of Public Procurement Policy and Practice. 

Ms. Ali has been a team leader for a number of public procurement reform programs, Hub Coordinator in Africa East, Country Procurement Coordinator for Gulf Countries. She is the author or co-author of a number of publications on public procurement, namely:

  • Can public procurement bring socio-economic empowerment policies into implementation? 2020
  • Improving Public Procurement in Zambia and How to Get there with MAPS - 2020
  • Zimbabwe; public procurement reform to catalyse greater transparency and development – 2019
  • Yes, they can: SMEs filling the infrastructure gap in fragile countries - 2018
  • Financing needs cannot be met without private sector’s help – 2015
  • Navigating through Fragility: Procurement Solutions for Iraqi Education - 2015
  • MENA shares global knowledge on procurement under Public Private Partnerships (PPP) - 2014
  • Public procurement reform, a long and difficult road -- 2013
  • Innovation procurement practices in Iraq’s social safety net program – 2013

Her piece, "The Political Economy of Procurement Reform in Iraq," was the winner of the World Bank's Procurement for Complex Situations Challenge in 2014. She received the World Bank’s Integrity Award in 2009 and has several published papers in project management and architecture.

Nazaneen holds a Master’s degree in Architectural Engineering. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2005, she worked at Foreman Architects and Engineers, a consultancy firm in Pennsylvania, USA, as a Project Architect. She also worked in Iraq as a lecturer on Project Management at the University of Technology, and as a Project Architect at the Ministry of Housing and Construction, working on post-1991 war reconstruction and on emergency projects.