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Zafrul Islam

Lead Procurement Specialist

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Zafrul Islam is the Lead Procurement Specialist of the World Bank. With a long-standing career of about 40 years in the public sector, private sector, consultancy, university, and UN agencies, he is passionate about public procurement and IT innovations. He leads consecutively three Public Procurement Reform Projects in Bangladesh, the only World Bank financed flagship procurement operations in the entire Bank, involving the design and implementation of procurement legislations, a self-sustained integrated electronic government procurement (e-GP) system, a comprehensive capacity development and professionalization program with open contracting data standards, a procurement performance measurement systems, and citizen engagement in the monitoring of public contracts. Also, he leads reform operations in other countries of SAR and has been supporting other regions of the World Bank in reforms and e-GP implementation. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1998, he worked as marine expert to UNDP/UNESCAP, as academia in university abroad, and held senior positions in government. He has a Ph.D. in Naval Architecture from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne/UK.