Adam Aberra joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as a consultant in 2019. He is a PhD student at the Department of Economics at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He received his MA in Economics from McGill University, and Bachelor in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal. Adam has worked in Kenya for two years, measuring the impact of interventions such as access to the judiciary and rural electrification. His research interests include development, empirical microeconomics, and agricultural economics.
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 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 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 joined the Enterprise Analysis team as a consultant in January 2016. 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. Andrea holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Accounting from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from Howard University.
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 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).
Arvind Jain is a Senior Economist/Statistician in the Enterprise Analysis Unit and works on firm-level survey implementation projects. He has managed Enterprise Surveys data collection projects in a variety of settings, including fragile and conflict affected states including Afghanistan, Iraq, and Myanmar as well as several South Asian and East Asia Pacific countries. In addition to survey management projects, he has prepared analytical reports using the data and has also designed and implemented reimbursable advisory services projects in Malaysia. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2008, 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. Arvind holds a Master's degree in Biostatistics from the University of Michigan.
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.
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.
Norman Loayza is Director of the Global Indicators Group at the World Bank. Previously, he was a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group and managed the Asia hub of the Research Group, based in Malaysia. He was director of the World Development Report 2014, Risk and Opportunity: Managing Risk for Development. His research has dealt with various areas of economic and social development, including macroeconomic management, economic growth, microeconomic flexibility, private and public saving, financial depth and stability, natural disasters, and crime and violence. His advisory experience at the World Bank has also ranged across different topics in various regions and countries. A few examples include business environment and economic performance in Latin America; informal and formal labor markets in the Middle East and Northern Africa; public infrastructure gaps in Pakistan and Egypt; savings for macroeconomic stability and growth in Sri Lanka, Georgia, and Egypt; and pro-poor growth in Indonesia and Peru. On external service from the World Bank, he was a Senior Economist at the Central Bank of Chile (1999-2000), where he advised on financial and monetary policy. Norman has edited 10 books and published dozens of papers in professional journals and edited volumes. A Peruvian national, he holds a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University (1994).
Hibret joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as an Economist in November 2018. He currently works on implementation and analysis of Enterprise Surveys (ES). Prior to joining the unit, he worked at the World Bank’s Development Research Group. He received his PhD in Economics from Maastricht University. His broad research interests include enterprise development, productivity measurement and international trade.
Jorge Rodríguez Meza has been the Program Manager of the Enterprise Analysis Unit at the World Bank since 2012. He has been with the Unit since 2005 when he joined the organization. Over these years, he has worked on projects measuring the business environment and its impact on development in all regions of the world. Most of this data collection work has translated into an extensive list of research published in journals, reports, and policy notes on issues as varied as access to finance, corruption, job creation, productivity, firm dynamics and experimental data collection. Prior to joining the World Bank, and after completing his doctorate degree, Jorge worked for five years as a Senior Researcher of the Rural Finance Program of The Ohio State University. During his tenure he combined his experience on data collection with research on poverty measurement, microfinance, and financial access by marginal sectors of society. Jorge holds a PhD and an MA in Economics from The Ohio State University and a Master of Science in Economics from Queen Mary and Westfield College of the University of London. His areas of expertise are applied research on financial and private sector development, industrial organization, data collection, and survey implementation.
Silvia Muzi is Program Coordinator in the Enterprise Analysis Unit of the Global Indicators Group (Development Economic VP). She has more than 10 of years of professional experience as an economist with a long track record of projects implementation, mostly in MENA and Africa, and analytical work with global focus. Her work focuses on expanding the role of the private sector in economic development with an emphasis on the impact of the business environment and business regulations on firms’ outcomes and on women economic participation. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including studies on firms’ investment and productivity, women participation in the private sector, and innovation. She has also contributed to several World Bank reports and notes, including the Environment for Women’s Entrepreneurship in the Middle East and North Africa Region; Sweden's Business Climate: A Microeconomic Assessment Report; Women in the Private Sector in Latin America and the Caribbean. She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Rome (Italy), la Sapienza.
Giacomo joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as an intern in September 2021. He is a second-year master's degree student at Bocconi University, Milan.
Prior to joining the Enterprise Analysis Unit, Giacomo has worked as an investment inspector at F.I.L.S.E. S.p.a. the regional bank and administration office for the economic development of Liguria, Italy. In 2019 he was an exchange student at Universidad Católica del Uruguay.
His interests include public-private relationships and public infrastructures management.
William Soh joined the Enterprise Analysis team as a consultant in September 2018. He currently works on implementation and analysis of Enterprise Surveys. Prior to joining the unit, William was a research and teaching associate in Monash University for four years. He also has two years of management experience in the Australian retail sector. William holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Monash University, specializing in development economics. His research interest include human capital formation, identity, and affirmative actions.
Matthew Summers joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as a consultant in 2021. He is a PhD student at the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. He received his MA in Development Economics from Boston University, and B.A. in Physics from Williams College in Massachusetts. He has worked on projects in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and the DRC. His research interests include institutional economics and the role of political instability in growth.
M Nazım Tamkoç joined the Enterprise Analysis team as an Economist in 2020 Summer. He obtained his PhD in Economics at Arizona State University and his Master's degree in Economics at Boğaziçi University. He is a quantitative macroeconomist and his current research interests are economic development, misallocation, corruption and inequality.
Kohei Ueda joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit as a consultant in 2019. Prior to joining the team, he worked as a part-time economist at Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and briefly as a consultant for a different project at the World Bank on the effects of Syrian conflicts on poverty and living conditions. He holds an M.S. degree in Agricultural and Resource Economics from University of Maryland, College Park.
Domenico joined the Enterprise Analysis Unit in 2019. His interests span the field of social sciences, with a special focus on applied economics, psychology, and methodology. His prior experience includes working both as a researcher – Bocconi University, Stockholm School of Economics, and George Mason University – and as a consultant in the private sector. Before joining the World Bank, in a series of multi-disciplinary projects he studied how tools like prediction markets and crowdsourcing can be used to enhance the credibility of social science research. Domenico holds a Master’s Degree from Bocconi University in Economics and Social Sciences and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics.
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.
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