Philip Schellekens is a Senior Economic Advisor at the World Bank Group, where he served as the advisor to the CEO of IFC and the Vice President for Economics and Private Sector Development.
While at the World Bank’s Research Department, he managed the Global Modelling and Analytics Unit. He was manager and lead author of the IMF/WB Global Monitoring Report on demography and led other flagship reports on the changing global development landscape.
Also with the World Bank, he held operational positions as the Senior Country Economist for Brazil, China, and Malaysia. For the latter two assignments, he was based in Beijing/Hong Kong and Bangkok. His work focused on the economic policy challenges facing middle-income countries, with particular focus on innovation-led and inclusive growth.
Before joining the World Bank, he worked at the International Monetary Fund in its Asia & Pacific, Monetary & Capital Markets, and European Departments. He held research positions in emerging Europe and was part of surveillance teams for Hong Kong SAR, Lebanon, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Lebanon, and South Africa.
His academic training was completed at Harvard University, LSE, and the University of Antwerp. He did a postdoc at the MIT Economics Department and held visiting and teaching positions at the Bank of England, Financial Markets Group, IMF, and the Economics Departments of the University of Antwerp and Venice International University. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics.