Martin Melecky

Lead Economist, Chief Economist Office for South Asia, World Bank

Martin Melecky is Lead Economist at the Chief Economist Office for South Asia, World Bank. Currently, he leads the regional flagship report on the risks from contingent liabilities in South Asia. He recently led two other regional flagships on Economic Corridors in South Asia, and Finance for Shared Prosperity in Europe and Central Asia. He has lead financial sector assessment programs, development policy operations, and investment and technical assistance projects in South Asia, Emerging Europe, and Central Asia. He is the lead author of the chapter in the 2014 World Development Report on the role of the financial system in risk management.

Before the World Bank, Martin worked as Economist at the Dutch Central Bank, as Consultant at the European Central Bank, and as Consultant for the Czech National Bank. In his research, he has been focusing on financial development and growth, transport economics, monetary policy and macroeconomic modeling, public debt management and fiscal policy, and currency substitution and exchange rate dynamics.

A Czech national, he received a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales, Australia. He co-authored three books and published more than 30 papers in professional journals. 

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