Wanted: ‘forward-thinking and innovative leader’ to become World Bank’s next chief economist

By on 16/05/2016 | Updated on 25/09/2020

The World Bank is looking for a new chief economist.

The new appointee will support the World Bank’s president – Dr Jim Yong Kim – and its senior management in leading the institution.

The incoming chief economist will also hold the title of senior vice president.

He or she should be “forward-thinking and innovative” and “have the energy, drive, credibility, and leadership skills to engage with the global development community and contribute through research to knowledge on development, help translate this knowledge into operations, and provide an integrating global strategic perspective on trends and solutions that positions the bank as a creator and implementer of premier development knowledge,” according to a job advert published in the Economist.

Candidates should be experienced leaders, recognised and respected in their field of work and have the ability to “relate easily to non-economists.”

The bank’s current chief economist, Dr. Kaushik Basu who has been in the role since 2012, will be leaving the World Bank at the end of his four-year term in early October this year.

Prior to this, he served as chief economic adviser to the Government of India and is currently on leave from Cornell University where he teaches economics and international studies.

Basu, who has a doctorate degree in economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science, has taught at the Delhi School of Economics, Harvard, Princeton and MIT, is planning to return to academia.

Nominations or expressions of interest should be sent to [email protected], copying [email protected], by 25 May.


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About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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