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    Fay, Marianne
    Latin America and the Caribbean Region, The World Bank
    Marianne Fay, an economist specializing in sustainable development, is the World Bank director for Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador and Peru. She has 25 years’ experience in different regions of the world, contributing to knowledge on and the search for development solutions in the areas of infrastructure, urbanization, climate change, green growth and poverty reduction. She has published and edited several books and articles, including the “World Development Report 2010: Development and Climate Change,” and the report “Infrastructure in Latin America and the Caribbean: Recent Developments and Key Challenges.” Marianne is a U.S.-French binational.
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    Khan, Amjad
    Economist providing evidence-based insights to inform policy design and investment projects, particularly in developing country contexts. My work has focused on issues of human capital formation, urbanization, regional development, conflict and natural resource management. I specialize in building analytical narratives that engage with contextual nuances through large amounts of quantitative/spatial data and economic theory. Much of my research interest also lies at the intersection of political economy, economic history and institutional economics.
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    Lokshin, Michael M.
    Development Data Group
    Michael Lokshin is a Lead Economist and Manager in the Development Data Group of the World Bank. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1999 after which he joined the research group at the World Bank as a Young Economist (YE program). His research focuses on the areas of poverty and inequality measurement, labor economics, and applied econometrics. More recently he has been involved in the Bank's efforts to develop the methodology of evaluating the effect of crisis and public policies on households in developing countries. He also leads the group of researchers in development of the Software Platform for Automated Economic Analysis (ADePT).
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    Borgomeo, Edoardo
    Water Global Practice
    Edoardo’s work focuses on water resources management, climate change adaptation, and infrastructure planning. In his current assignment, he leads analytical and advisory activities on water security and transboundary water management and works on water sectir projects in Africa and Central Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank, he worked at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations in Rome and at the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka. He has held research appointments at the European University Institute, University of Oxford, International Institute for Applied System Analysis, and Imaflora. In 2018 he was awarded the Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz International Prize for Water for his research work on water resources planning in times of climate change. He holds an undergraduate degree from Imperial College London and a PhD on climate change adaptation in the water sector from the University of Oxford.
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    Russ, Jason
    Office of the Chief Economist of the Sustainable Development Practice, The World Bank
    Jason Russ is a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist of the Sustainable Development Practice at the World Bank. His professional interests center on using econometrics and data analytics to diagnose development challenges, and quantify the economic and social impacts of environmental externalities. His tenure at the World Bank includes five years in the Water Global Practice where he helped to develop and coordinate the analytical work program of the Economics Global Solutions Group, including authoring many of its global flagship reports. He has authored numerous publications in academic journals largely related to environmental and development economics. Prior to joining the World Bank he was an analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from George Washington University.
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    Zaveri, Esha
    Esha Zaveri is a Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Water Global Practice with professional interests in water resource management, climate impacts, environmental health, and the use of geospatial data with statistical analysis to study interactions between the environment, and social and economic systems. She has published on these topics in leading scientific journals and has authored flagship reports of the World Bank on water scarcity (Uncharted Waters, 2017), water pollution (Quality Unknown, 2019), and migration (Ebb and Flow, 2021). Prior to joining the World Bank, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment where she remains an affiliated scholar. She holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Economics and Demography from Pennsylvania State University.
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    Rentschler, Jun
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    Jun Rentschler is a Senior Economist at the Office of the Chief Economist for Sustainable Development, working at the intersection of climate change and sustainable resilient development. Prior to joining The World Bank in 2012, he served as an Economic Adviser at the German Foreign Ministry. He also spent two years at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) working on private sector investment projects in resource efficiency and climate change. Before that he worked on projects with Grameen Microfinance Bank in Bangladesh and the Partners for Financial Stability Program by USAID in Poland. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Payne Institute for Public Policy, following previous affiliations with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. Jun holds a PhD in Economics from University College London (UCL), specializing in development, climate, and energy.
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    Midgley, Amelia
    Water Global Practice, The World Bank
    Amelia is currently an Economist at the World Bank, working in the Water Global Practice. Amelia completed her first year as Young Professional in the Climate Change Group. Amelia’s technical interests include natural resource management, climate resilient development and transboundary water management. Before joining the World Bank, Amelia was an associate at Genesis Analytics, a management consulting firm based in South Africa, and worked in their Infrastructure and Public-Private Partnerships Practice. Between 2015 and 2017, Amelia formed part of the economic appraisal team at the Climate Resilient Infrastructure Development Facility, a DFID flagship water project in SADC.
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    Cust, James
    James (Jim) Cust is a Senior Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist, Africa Region of the World Bank. His work focuses on the macroeconomics of natural resources, climate and sustainable development. He led the World Bank’s Changing Wealth of Nations program and a recent flagship study on Africa’s Resource Future and the low carbon transition. He also convenes a network of African chief economic advisors to 40 African presidents as part of the CEoG initiative that he co-founded. His worked has been published widely in academic journals such as the Journal of the European Economic Association, Energy Economics and Climate Policy among others, as well as his work being covered in the press such as The Economist, Nature, Reuters and the IMF’s Finance and Development, among others. He previously worked as Director of Research at the Natural Resource Governance Institute, and before that he co-founded the Natural Resource Charter.
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    Smith, Jeffrey
    Jeffrey is currently a postdoctoral research associate at Princeton University working with Dr. Jonathan Levine to understand how nature-based climate solutions are likely to affect biodiversity. Prior to starting at Princeton, Jeffrey completed my PhD at Stanford University working with Dr. Gretchen Daily studying the impacts of climate change and land-use change on biodiversity. Before this, Jeffrey obtained a Masters of Environmental Science from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where he worked with Dr. Os Schmitz to determine how New England old-field arthropod food webs varied along a suburban-forest gradient. Jeffrey received his Bachelor of Science (in Ecology and Environmental Science) from the University of Delaware. While there he researched biological control of invasive weeds and restoration ecology with Dr. Judy Hough-Goldstein.