Prasanna Lal Das leads the open financial data program (finances.worldbank.org) at the World Bank. He’s especially interested in the role of open financial data in promoting civic engagement and results, and the potential of open data to foster commercial growth and innovation.
Prasanna and his team are also investigating the possibility of using big data for international development, especially to increase effectiveness. Prior to joining the Bank in 2003, Prasanna worked extensively in the private sector helping companies develop strategies to use information as a competitive business asset.
He worked in a variety of sectors including information technology, media, education, and telecom.
Prasanna holds a Masters degree in Modern Indian History. You can follow him on
Twitter at @prasannalaldas or read his Bank blog at
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