Z. Joe Kulenovic is a Senior Private Sector Development Consultant with the World Bank’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. Working on a study of economically competitive cities around the world, he is leading the project’s Case Studies component, which seeks to understand the key factors and proactive economic development strategies behind the selected cities’ success. Joe previously served as the chief economist at Florida’s trade and economic development agency, USAID’s research director for public-private partnerships, and an infrastructure economist in the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region. With over 20 years of diverse professional experience in international development, trade and investment promotion, and public policy, Joe has worked on projects in more than 30 countries around the world. He holds a Master’s degree in International Economics and International Relations from The Johns Hopkins University – The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a BA in International Studies from the University of Belgrade.