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Suma Chakrabarti

President, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Sir Suma Chakrabarti became President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in 2012. He has extensive experience in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform. Before arriving at the EBRD, he held the position of Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and was its most senior civil servant. Prior to this, from 2002, he headed the UK’s Department for International Development where he worked closely with economies undergoing substantial reform in eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and the Middle East and North Africa. Sir Suma is notable for playing a key role developing the UK's successful Know-How Fund for Central and Eastern Europe and worked with the European Commission in improving its programmes in the Middle East and North Africa.

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