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Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan

Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region

Dr. Shantayanan Devarajan is currently the Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region.  Since joining the World Bank in 1991, Dr. Devarajan has been a Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group, as well as the Chief Economist of the Human Development Network.   More recently, Dr. Devarajan was Chief Economist of the South Asia Region. Dr. Devarajan was the Director of the World Development Report 2004, Making Services Work for Poor People.

Before joining the World Bank, he was on the faculty of Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is the author or co-author of over 100 publications in public economics, trade policy, natural resources, environment, and general-equilibrium modeling of developing countries.

Born in Sri Lanka, Dr. Devarajan received his BA. in mathematics from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley. Dr. Devarajan will advance the partnership between ASE, the World Bank and other international organizations.