Lead Policy Officer, Global ICT Group, World Bank
Samia Melhem is the chair of the e-Development Community of Practice, and leads GICT's Transformation practice as well as its Knowledge, Learning and Partnership ancor functions. Her current operational advisory responsibilities include technical assistance and advisory services related to using technology for transformation, growth and development in client countries. In her 20 years of experience in development at the World Bank Group, Samia has worked on ICT4D in a several sectors: Telecoms policy ICT for public sector reform (taxes, customs, trade), education, Knowledge economy and private sector development. Samia held several positions as regional coordinator in different regions such as Africa, Middle East and Europe and Central Asia and has experience in more than 40 countries, having managed a multitude of lending operations and analytical projects. She has authored working papers, case studies and policy notes focusing on ICTs for governance, public sector reform, governance, accountability and inclusion. She is now focusing on Open Government/Open data in her projects and research. She holds degrees in Electrical Engineering (BS), Computer Sciences (MS) and Finance (MBA).