Talal Rafi

Economist & Management Consultant, Deloitte

Talal Rafi is an Economist and a Management Consultant. He is a Senior Global Management Consultant at Deloitte and is a member of the Deloitte Global Economist Network. He is a member of the Expert Network of the World Economic Forum and was a member of the Global ESG Operations Team at Deloitte. He Co-Chairs the Global Plastic Innovation Network action group of the World Economic Forum. He is a regular columnist for the International Monetary Fund where he writes on Public Financial Management topics.

He began his career as an entrepreneur and later moved into the development sector. As an entrepreneurship specialist at a USAID project, he was instrumental in designing a mentoring platform geared to empower women and youth entrepreneurs. He was on a Selection Committee of the Asian Development Bank #DigitalAgainstCovid-19 Innovation Series, which empowered innovative businesses in Asia to tackle challenges posed by the pandemic.

Talal was also on the team of experts at Chatham House London on formulating recommendations for the G7 and G20 on gender equality post-COVID-19. He has consulted as an industry expert under the World Bank AHEAD Project at Moratuwa University on developing an innovative entrepreneurship ecosystem and has designed an entrepreneurship program for the university.

As a World Bank GYCN Ambassador on Climate Change, Talal works to inspire young people into action to achieve greater environmental sustainability. He serves on an advisory committee at the Export Development Board of Sri Lanka and is on the Enterprise Operations Committee at Moratuwa University.

He has given talks globally, including at the NASDAQ Center, S&P Global and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. Talal’s work has been published by the World Economic Forum, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Asian Development Bank, UNFCCC (United Nations), London School of Economics, and Forbes.

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