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Jean-Louis Sarbib

Director for Africa and the Middle East, Centennial Group International

He is a distinguished fellow of the Emerging Markets Forum and a chair of the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET)for the G20 Compact with Africa. He was CEO at Development Gateway (2009-18), an international social enterprise whose mission is to support the use of data, technology and evidence to create accountable institutions that listen and respond to the needs of their constituents and deliver services. He was at the World Bank (1980-2006), as Vice President for Africa, Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa and Senior Vice President for Human Development. He joined Wolfensohn & Company (2006-09), a private equity firm, as a managing director. He was a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and taught at Georgetown University. He serves on the boards of Partnership for Transparency Fund, Feedback Labs, Open Data Watch, FXB International, the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, the African University of Science and Technology, the Nelson Mandela Institution, and NOI Polls in Nigeria. He is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (now Mines Paris Tech) and holds a master in City Planning from the University of Pennsylvania.