Verena Fritz currently leads the World Bank’s Governance work in Serbia, and chairs the World Bank’s Political Economy Community of Practice. She is also the Program Manager for the Good Governance and Investment Climate Reform TF spanning seven countries in the ECA region. Her expertise and interests straddle PFM, HRM, governance and institutional challenges in sectors, accountability and transparency, as well as using political economy perspectives in development, and she regularly contributes to global knowledge tasks across these areas. For more than 15 years, Verena has task managed public sector operations and analytic work with a focus on Eastern Europe and Africa, as well as focusing on governance diagnostic tools and innovative approaches to public sector reforms. She holds a PhD from the European University Institute.