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Mr.Gautam Kaji

In a career spanning almost 30 years in economic and development policy formulation and implementation with the World Bank, Mr. Kaji played a key role in helping the institution meet the development needs of its more than 180 member nations. In the process, he earned a worldwide reputation as a leading expert on global economic and financial issues.

When he left the World Bank in November 1997, Mr. Kaji was Managing Director for Operations, with specific responsibility for the institution's programs in Asia and Africa. He also chaired the Bank-wide Operations Committee, which reviews all projects put forward for Bank support and served as co-chair of the Private Sector Development Group, which encompasses the work of the Bank's private-sector affiliates, IFC and MIGA, as well as the IBRD itself. In addition, he was a member of the Bank's Executive Committee, the core senior management team guiding the strategic direction of the institution. Earlier, Mr. Kaji served in various senior managerial positions with the Bank - including in Africa, Europe and the Middle East, and as Director for Human Resources.

Prior to his appointment as Managing Director in 1994, he was the Bank's Vice President for Operations in East Asia and the Pacific - a region with which he was closely involved for well over a decade. This involvement has allowed him to develop a keen insight into the social, institutional and political considerations that influence practical policy formulation and implementation throughout Asia. He continues to maintain close personal contact with the senior policy makers and business leaders within and outside the region. He also sits on the board of several companies, including Centennial Group Inc and Emerging Markets Forum.

Before joining the World Bank, Mr. Kaji worked for a number of years in the commercial banking sector in India, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has an MBA from the Wharton School of Finance.