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Bilal Rahill

Director, Environment & Natural Resources, World Bank Group

Bilal (Bill) Rahill is Director, Environment & Natural Resources (ENR) Global Practice of the World Bank Group. The ENR Global Practice supports the Bank’s mission of sustainable poverty alleviation by helping countries factor in the value of natural resources in their development trajectory. This involves investments and analytical work in the following areas: Forests, Watersheds and Sustainable Landscapes; Fisheries and Coastal Resources; Pollution Management and Environmental Health; Policies, Institutions and Environmental Economics as well as Environmental Risk Management, including the implementation of the World Bank environmental Safeguard policies.

Previously, Bill was a Senior Manager in the Environment, Social and Governance Department of the International Finance Corporation, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, a position he held from 2010 to June 2014.

He joined the World Bank in 1993 as an Environmental Specialist, managing the Bank’s Montreal Protocol Operations. He subsequently was Country Officer for Papua New Guinea in the East Asia and Pacific Region, before assuming the role of Senior and then Lead Environmental Specialist in the South Asia Region, where he managed a portfolio of lending and analytical activities with a focus on energy, environment and global issues. Bill spent five years in the World Bank’s New Delhi office where he oversaw the environmental aspects of the India program. Bill then joined IFC as Manager in 2007 and worked on the review and update of IFC’s Sustainability Framework and Performance Standards among other things.

Before joining the Bank, Bill worked for IBM Canada as an Environmental Engineer and subsequently as Project Director for Lavalin Environment. Bill holds a B.Eng. in Chemical Engineering, an MBA in Management, an M.Sc. in Finance, and an M.Sc. in Public Policy.