Meet the Team

 

  • Gemechu Ayana Aga, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Gemechu Ayana Aga

    Gemechu joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit in 2013 and works on survey implementation and analytical research. Prior to that, he worked in the Research and in the Development Prospects Divisions of the World Bank's Development Economics Vice Presidency. Before joining the Bank, Gemechu was a Researcher at the Ethiopian Development Research Institute (EDRI). He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. His research interests include access to finance, financial sector development, entrepreneurship, and development economics.

  • Tanima Ahmed, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Tanima Ahmed

    Tanima Ahmed joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as a consultant in 2017. She is currently a PhD student in Economics at American University in Washington D.C. where she works as a teaching assistant. She has received her Masters in Economics from American University, and Bachelor in Economics from North South University, Bangladesh. Tanima has worked in various research institutes, and has experience with proposal writing, survey designs, field surveys, and data analysis. Her research interests include development, gender, finance and banking, and labor economics.

  • Mohammad Amin, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Mohammad Amin

    Mohammad Amin is a private sector development specialist with the Enterprise Analysis Unit. He joined the team in October 2006. Prior to joining the Enterprise Analysis Unit he served as a consultant with the Development Economics Research Group of The World Bank. His research areas include international trade, international migration, institutional economics and regulation. His most research work focuses on the impact of regulation and competition on the performance of retail stores in India. Mohammad holds a PhD in Economics from Columbia University. Click here for a listing of Mohammad's latest research.

  • Andrea Blake-Fough, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Andrea Blake-Fough

    Andrea Blake-Fough joined the Enterprise Analysis team as a consultant in January 2016. She is a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at Howard University. Prior to joining the unit, Andrea worked as a research assistant for the Center for Urban Progress where her work focused on access to affordable housing, asset building strategies and community development programs; and as a teaching assistant at Howard University for Principles of Economics I and II. Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from Howard University. Her research interests include urban economic development and education reform.

  • Dave Francis, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    David C. Francis

    David Francis joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit in April 2010. Prior to joining EA, he served as a researcher at Princeton University, where his work focused on patterns of preferential trade agreements, foreign direct investment, and the governance of the global economic system. He holds a Master's degree in International Affairs, International Economic Policy from Columbia University and has completed consultancies for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Superintendencia Financiera de Colombia.

  • Rose Wairimu Gachina, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Rose Gachina

    Rose joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as a Program Assistant in September, 2009. Her prior experience in the Bank includes working as a Program Assistant in the Kenya Country office for 12 years and the Independent Evaluation Group for 7 years. Prior to joining the Bank, Rose worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers, an audit and management consultancy firm. Rose is currently studying towards a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration. She holds a higher Diploma in Business Administration and Management from the Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

  • Marie Hyland, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Marie Hyland

    Marie Hyland joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as a consultant in 2017. Her previous professional experience includes working as a consultant at the World Bank’s Water Global Practice. Prior to her work at the World Bank, Marie had spent several years as a research analyst at Ireland’s Economic and Social Research Institute, where her analysis focused on energy and environmental economics and policy. Marie holds a PhD in economics from Trinity College, Dublin. During her PhD, Marie spent six months as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the University of Maryland.

  • Asif Islam

    Asif Islam joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as a consultant in 2009. His prior experience includes working for the World Bank Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). Asif holds a Ph.D. in Applied Economics at the University of Maryland - College Park. His research interests include development, government fiscal policy, and environmental economics.

  • Arvind Jain, World Bank Group

    Arvind Jain

    Arvind Jain joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit in 2008. Prior to joining the Bank/IFC, Arvind worked as a Statistician at the RAND Corporation working on domestic health policy and civil justice research. At RAND he focused on project evaluation and conducting statistical analyses. He currently works on Enterprise Survey implementation and monitoring the data collection process and also specializes in statistical issues regarding survey sampling and end-user analysis. Arvind holds a Master's degree in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan.

  • Filip Jolevski, World Bank Group

    Filip Jolevski

    Filip Jolevski joined the Enterprise Analysis team as a consultant in 2016. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Economics at George Mason University. Prior to joining the Enterprise Analysis Unit, Filip was Special Projects Manager and Research Fellow at the McCain Institute for International Leadership where he worked on modeling trade dynamics and spread of infectious diseases. Before that, he was a Research Assistant at the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation. Currently Filip is a Research Fellow in International Economics at the John Hay Initiative. His research interests include international economics, growth and monetary economics, institutional economics, and industrial organization.

  • Jorge Rodríguez Meza, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Jorge Rodríguez Meza

    Jorge Rodríguez Meza is the Program Manager of the Enterprise Analysis Unit. He joined the Unit in 2005. Prior to joining the Unit Jorge worked as Senior Researcher of the Rural Finance Program of the Ohio State University in the areas of financial inclusion, microfinance, and poverty measurement. During that time Jorge also worked as an external consultant for several organizations including the Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, and Women's World Banking. He is an Economist with a PhD from The Ohio State University and Master's Degree from Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London. Having worked in the topic for more than 10 years, Jorge has also become a survey specialist.

  • Nona Karalashvili

    Nona Karalashvili joined the Enterprise Analysis team as a consultant in July 2014. Prior to joining the Enterprise Analysis Unit, she worked as a research assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park, and in the Development Research Group at the World Bank. Her experience includes work in various key advising positions in the government of Georgia. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master's degree in Economics from the Central European University. Her research interests span the fields of economics, psychology, and anthropology, with a focus on institutional economics.

  • Silvia Muzi, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Silvia Muzi

    Silvia Muzi joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit in April 2011 after working for the World Bank for four years. Prior to joining the Enterprise Analysis Unit, she served as a consultant in the Middle East and North Africa region and in the Human Development Network, Social Protection. She currently works on the design, implementation and monitoring of the enterprise surveys. Since joining the World Bank, Silvia has been working on issues related to labor markets, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and female entrepreneurship. Silvia holds a PhD in Economics from University of Rome La Sapienza. Prior to joining the World Bank, she worked at the University of Rome La Sapienza (Italy).

  • Valeria Perotto, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Valeria Perotti

    Valeria Perotti joined the Enterprise Analysis team in 2013. She currently works on both the implementation and analysis of the Enterprise Surveys. Before joining the team, Valeria worked in the Human Development Network of the World Bank, where she managed the Russia Trust Fund multi-country survey to develop methods for measuring financial capability. Previously, Valeria worked on the design and analysis of labor force surveys at ISFOL in Italy. She holds a PhD in Econometrics and Empirical Economics from Tor Vergata University in Rome, and she has published in the areas of informality, life expectancy and applied microeconometrics.

  • Rita Ramalho, World Bank Group

    Rita Ramalho

    Rita Ramalho is the Senior Manager for the Global Indicators Group which houses Doing Business, Subnational Doing Business, Enterprise Surveys, Women Business and the Law, Enabling the Business of Agriculture, as well as other pilot indicator projects. Previously Rita Ramalho was the Manager of the joint World Bank-IFC Doing Business Report which provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational level. Prior to that she was the program manager of World Bank-IFC Enterprise Surveys and Women, Business and the Law project. Enterprise Surveys provide the world's most comprehensive company-level data for emerging markets and developing economies. Enterprise Surveys data are available on more than 135,000 firms in over 139 countries. Rita Ramalho holds a PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research focuses on the impact of regulation on economic variables such as growth, where she found that better business regulations can lead to more growth; the impact of regulations on female labor force participation, tax policy and entrepreneurship, labor regulations, and the size of the informal sector. She speaks Portuguese and is conversant in Spanish.

  • Joshua Wimpey, World Bank Group

    Joshua Wimpey

    Joshua Wimpey joined the Enterprise Analysis team in 2007 after working as a consultant for the World Bank for two years. His prior experience includes working as a consultant for the World Bank Institute Evaluations Group as well as consulting to USAID contractor DevTech Systems' data management team. He currently works with Enterprise Surveys implementation and management and supports researchers on the team. Josh holds a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

  • Amanda Zarka, Enterprise Surveys Database, World Bank Group

    Amanda Zarka

    Amanda joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as a consultant in 2016. She previously worked at the U.S. Institute of Peace, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the World Trade Center Institute. She is currently a PhD student in Economics at American University in Washington, D.C. She received both her Masters and Bachelor’s in Economics from American University in 2012, and is originally from Washington State. Her research fields include international economics, labor economics, industrial organization, economic history, and crime.