On 23rd May 2020, Abhas Jha, Indian economist was appointed to a key position on Climate change and disaster management in South Asia by the World Bank. Previously He served as the Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management in East Asia and Pacific region.
i.His appointment came during the Amphan Cyclone situation in Bangladesh, West Bengal and Odisha(Indian coastal states).
ii.His role is to encourage and support the South Asia region(SAR) in Disaster Management and Climate Change team support and collaborate across the Global Practice boundaries.
iii.He is expected to provide response to the client demands and strengthen disaster risk management and climate actions in the SAR
i.Abhas Jha, based in Singapore, is expected to work with the Practice Managers, Global Leaders and Global solutions Groups to incubate, pilot and make innovative and high-quality development solutions and to promote the global knowledge
ii.Abhas Jha joined in the World Bank’s Executive Director’s office for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka in 2001 and worked in the Latin America and Caribbean, Europe and Central Asia and East Asia and the Pacific regions.
iii.He worked on cities, infrastructure finance and economics, risk and resilience and public policy and worked on policy reforms and development finance in the countries like China, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Jamaica and Peru.
iv. His most recent assignments are Practice Manager for Urban Development and Disaster Risk Management in the East Asia Pacific Region, his jurisdiction includes India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal
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