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World Bank announces new country director for India


New Delhi: Junaid Ahmad has taken over as the World Bank’s new Country Director for India, replacing Onno Ruhl who completed his four-year term, according to a Press release issued by the World Bank.

Ahmad, a Bangladeshi national, was formerly the Chief of Staff to World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim.

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“I’m very pleased to announce Junaid Ahmad as World Bank’s new Country Director for India. India’s recent growth and development has been one of the most significant achievements of our time. With historic changes unfolding and new opportunities emerging, Junaid will bring to this key position strategic leadership along with considerable experience of working in both India and South Asia to support this transformation,” said Kim.

An economist by training, Ahmad brings with him broad development experience.  After joining the World Bank in 1991 as a Young Professional, he worked on infrastructure development in Africa and Eastern Europe. He has since held several management positions, leading the Bank’s program in diverse regions including Africa, the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in India and South Asia.

Prior to joining the President’s office, Ahmad was a Senior Director at the World Bank, where he led the Bank’s global engagement in the water sector. He was one of the first to be selected to this post through a global competition. Ahmad moved to this position after holding charge of sustainable development for the Bank’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, where his work covered a broad array of sectors, ranging from agriculture, to the environment, to infrastructure.

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