Sameh Wahba

Regional Director, Sustainable Development, Europe and Central Asia Region, World Bank Group

Sameh Wahba, an Egyptian national, is the Regional Director for Sustainable Development at the World Bank’s Europe and Central Asia region. In this capacity, he oversees all World Bank lending, technical assistance, partnerships, and policy advisory work in sustainable development the region, including agriculture and food, climate change, environment, natural resources and the blue economy, social inclusion and sustainability, water, urban, disaster risk management, resilience, and land. He oversees a portfolio of $10bn in lending commitments and a team of 200 professionals based in DC and 23 regional offices.

Previously, he worked as Global Director for Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice. He holds a Ph.D. in urban planning from Harvard University and has 25 years’ experience in urban development, land, housing, disaster risk management, infrastructure, and sustainable development. His publications on cities, housing, land, infrastructure, and finance include books, chapters in edited volumes and articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is a member of the advisory boards for Resilient Cities Network, the WRI Ross Center for Cities, Cities Alliance, and the Penn Institute for Urban Research.

Connect with Sameh at Follow him on Twitter @SamehNWahba

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