Zelalem Yilma Debebe is an Economist in the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Global Practice of the World Bank. He is currently on a short-term assignment with the Human Capital Project team under the Human Development Vice Presidency. Zelalem holds a PhD and Master’s degree in Economics of Development from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Advanced Masters in international development from Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands) and Bachelor’s degree in economics from Jimma University (Ethiopia). His research interest lies in the broad area of development economics. In collaboration with other researchers, he has published in international peer reviewed journals such as The World Bank Economic Review, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Social Science and Medicine, Health Policy and Planning, and BMJ Open.