Mr. Junaid Ahmad, a Bangladeshi national, is currently the World Bank Country Director for
India. Prior to this assignment, he was the Chief of Staff, Office of the President.
Prior to his work in the President’s Office, Mr. Ahmad was the Senior Director for the Water
Global Practice, a position in which he brought a strong track record of management and
leadership in the area of service delivery and international partnerships, combining intellectual
and analytical rigor with strategic operational focus. Mr. Ahmad has also worked in the areas of
urban finance and city management, service delivery in federal systems, and local government
Mr. Ahmad joined the Bank as a Young Professional in 1991, working as an Economist in Africa
and Eastern Europe before joining the Africa Infrastructure Unit. Mr. Ahmad spent 10 years in
the field, first as the Deputy Resident Representative and Principal Economist in Johannesburg,
and then as Regional Team Leader of the Water and Sanitation Program in New Delhi. In 2004,
he was a team member of the World Development Report (WDR): Making Services Work for
Poor People. From 2004-2008, he was the Sector Manager for Social Development in South
Asia Region and subsequently for Urban, Water & Sanitation before taking on the latter
responsibility for the Africa Region in 2010. He was also the Director for Sustainable
Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region, a position he held from 2012-2014.
Mr. Ahmad holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, an MPA from Harvard
University, and a BA in Economics from Brown University. He is also the co-founder of Bangladesh’s first
private university, North South University.