Bert Hofman is the World Bank's Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific Region based in Singapore since September 2011, and Director of the Singapore Office. Before moving to Singapore, Mr. Hofman was the Country Director for the Philippines from 2007 until August 2011, responsible for a growing portfolio of projects and advisory services to the government.
Mr. Hofman has over 20 years of experience at the World Bank, 15 of which are in the East Asia region. He was lead economist in China for three years where he headed a team that provided economic policy advice to the government. Prior to that, Mr. Hofman worked for more than five years in Indonesia as it was recovering from the Asian Financial Crisis. He has also worked on Brazil, South Africa, Mongolia, Zambia, and Namibia in his earlier years with the Bank.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Hofman worked at the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and NMB Bank in the Netherlands (now ING).