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Samer Al-Samarrai

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Samer Al-Samarrai is a senior economist in the World Bank’s Education Global Practice. Since joining the Bank in 2011, Samer has worked in Africa and East Asia and as the thematic lead for the World Bank’s Education Finance and Reform Group. He was an editor of The Role of Intergovernmental Fiscal Transfers in Improving Education Outcomes,, a co-author of World Development Report 2018: Learning to Realize Education’s Promise and co-authored reports including Assessing Basic Education Service Delivery in the Philippines and Teacher Reform in Indonesia: The Role of Politics and Evidence in Policy Making. Before joining the World Bank, he was a senior policy analyst on the Global Monitoring Report team at UNESCO, where he was responsible for developing key themes and coordinating research on the challenges countries faced in achieving the Education for All goals. Between 2001 and 2008, Samer was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Sussex and a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics.