Vinayak Nagaraj

I am the World Bank’s Senior Country Economist for Uzbekistan, and moved to the gorgeous city of Tashkent in June 2018. In my spare time, I’m trying desperately to become fluent in “street” Uzbek, in the hope that I will be able to bargain like a champion when I fill my container up with Uzbek furniture and memories at the end of my assignment. Progress on this front is “yaxmalak”.

Before joining the Bank, I worked for the New Zealand Aid Programme, which is a part of the Pacific and Development Group at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. I managed a team of people passionate about economics, governance, trade and labour mobility. I was also the New Zealand Government’s chief development economist.

My previous lives involved hair and travel. And residency at two Finance Ministries (New Zealand, Zambia), a Central Bank (Guyana), an investment bank (Deutsche Bank), and two universities (LSE, Loyola College in Chennai).

When I grow up I want to be a multidisciplinary social-science ninja, and throw economics, political science, sociology, anthropology, and psychology into a blender to solve problems.

I am bald, hypertensive, and always want to know why. I enjoy treating people to flashes of my stereotypcially Indian upbringing.

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