Sandra El Saghir is a Senior Economist with the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment (MTI) Global Practice at the World Bank. She is currently working for the Eastern and Southern Africa on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In her recent assignment, Sandra led (and co-led) several analytical reports, ranging from Economic Updates, Country Economic Memorandum (CEM), Public Expenditure and Institutional Review (PEIR), and Country Climate Development Report (CCDR), as well as lending instruments, i.e., Development Policy Operations (DPO); in addition to core economic monitoring activities, such as producing and coordinating Macro Poverty Outlooks (MPOs), Country Policy and Institutional Assessments (CPIAs), Sustainable Development Finance Policy (SDFP); and collaborating on several Debt Sustainability Assessments (DSA). Sandra has also been providing technical assistance on fiscal reforms.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Sandra was an Economics Professor at McGill University, as well as a Senior Economic Consultant for the United Nations and the European Union. She also served as a Senior Economist and Project Manager at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) and as a Lead Economist at USAID - World Trade Organization (WTO) Project.
She is a Member of the Public Policy Committee of the “Association des Economistes Quebecois” providing policy recommendations for the government. She has published several books and articles covering macro-economic impacts of reforms on growth and poverty reduction and the developmental implications of global crises and issues including climate change. Sandra holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the Université Paris II Panthéon- Assas (Sorbonne Universities), Paris, France.