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Sameh Wahba

Regional Director, Sustainable Development, Europe and Central Asia, The World Bank

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Sameh Wahba is the Regional Director for Sustainable Development at the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region. In this capacity, he oversees all World Bank lending, technical assistance, partnerships, and policy advisory work in sustainable development in the region, including agriculture and food, climate change, environment, natural resources and the blue economy, social inclusion and sustainability, water, urban, disaster risk management, resilience, and land. He oversees a portfolio of $10 billion in lending commitments and a team of 200 professionals based in Washington D.C. and 23 regional offices. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Harvard University and has 25 years of experience in urban development, land, housing, disaster risk management, infrastructure, and sustainable development. He is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Cities Council and sits on the boards of Cities Alliance, Resilient Cities Network, and the WRI Ross Center for Cities. 

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