Saroj Kumar Jha is the Regional Director of the Mashreq Department at the World Bank Group (WBG) since 2017. Jha brings to the region a vast experience in a critical period of transition. Prior to his current position, he was the Senior Director for the Fragility, Conflict and Violence Global Practice at the WBG. He provided strategic leadership addressing the challenge of fragility, conflict and violence, working across the WBG and in close collaboration with partners. Earlier, Mr. Jha was the World Bank’s Regional Director for Central Asia, based in Almaty (2012-2016), where he led the Bank’s strategic engagements in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.