Indian economist, Abhas Jha appointed to a key World Bank position in South Asia


Abhas Jha, an Indian economist has been appointed as Practice Manager for Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for South Asia. One of the top priorities of this role is to ensure that encourage and help the South Asia region (SAR) Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change team to connect and collaborate across Global Practice boundaries, the bank said in a statement on Friday. This position was formerly held by Christoph Pusch.

This appointment came a couple of days after the coastal states of India, West Bengal and Odisha were hit by Cyclone Amphan.

Based out of Singapore, Jha will also work closely with other Practice Managers, Global Leads and Global Solutions Groups to incubate, pilot and scale-up innovative and high-quality development solutions, and to promote the generation and flow of global knowledge to serve these countries, the bank said. According to the bank, Jha’s mandate is to nurture, lead, inspire, and deploy a team of highly qualified professionals to deliver the best solutions for these countries.

He has been with the World Bank since 2001, working on policy reform and development finance in a variety of countries including China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, and Peru.

He has authored “Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Disasters” (2010) and “Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management” (2012) and has edited/co-edited or contributed chapters to several other publications.

He was formerly working as the Practice Manager, Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management (East Asia and the Pacific) within the Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice for the World Bank. Before joining the World Bank he has also served as an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer for 12 years in the Federal Ministry of Finance.