Asad Alam is the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa for the Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Vice Presidency of the World Bank. In this position, he is responsible for the design, development, and delivery of EFI’s country-focused programs in about 25 countries in Africa. Prior to this, Asad served as Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank Group. He earlier served as Country Director for Egypt, Yemen, and Djibouti; Country Director for Southern Africa; Country Director for the South Caucasus; Sector Manager in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Country Economist in various countries. He has written on various subjects including growth, productivity, governance, poverty, inequality, trade, and fiscal issues. Asad holds a doctorate in economics from Columbia University.