Shanta Devarajan

  • Shantayanan (Shanta) Devarajan, who was born in Sri Lanka, joined the World Bank in 1991.  He assumed his current position as Chief Economist of the World Bank’s Africa Region in 2008.  The office of the Chief Economist seeks to bring the best knowledge to bear on the development problems of Africa, while providing guidance to Bank staff and management on strategy and the quality of economic analysis.

    Prior to this assignment, from 2004 onwards, Shanta was Chief Economist for the South Asia Region position, following three years as Chief Economist for the Human Development Network, which covers areas such as health, education, nutrition and population.  Earlier positions include Principal Economist and Research Manager for Public Economics in the Development Research Group.  He was the Director of the World Development Report 2004: Making Services Work for Poor People.

    Before joining the Bank, Shanta was on the faculty at HarvardUniversity’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The author and co-author of over 100 publications, Mr. Devarajan’s research covers public economics, trade policy, natural resources, and the environment, and general equilibrium modeling of developing countries.  He currently disseminates his and other people’s ideas on his blog, http://africacan.worldbank.org.

    Mr. Devarajan received his B.A. in mathematics fromPrincetonUniversityand his Ph.D. in economics from theUniversityofCalifornia,Berkeley.  He speaks French fluently.