Samer Al Samarrai 2 The World Bank

Samer Al-Samarrai

Senior Economist in the Education Global Practice, World Bank

Samer Al-Samarrai is a Senior Economist in the Education Global Practice at the World Bank. He currently leads the Education Finance Group, is Program Manager of the World Bank’s results-based financing in education trust fund (REACH) and leads the World Bank’s primary and secondary education engagement in Tanzania. Before joining the World Bank in 2011, he was a senior policy analyst in UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report team where he was responsible for developing key themes and coordinating research on the challenges countries faced in achieving the Education For All goals. Between 2001 and 2008, Mr. Al-Samarrai was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. During that time, he worked on a financial management reform program in Bangladesh and undertook research and advisory work on education finance, labor market outcomes and gender and education in Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex and a BSc and MSc from the London School of Economics. He has recently co-authored a number of reports including the ‘World Development Report 2018: Realizing Education’s Promise and Assessing Basic Education Service Delivery in the Philippines.’

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