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Ulrich Zachau is the Director for Southeast Asia (Brunei, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand) of the World Bank. He took up his current position in Bangkok, Thailand, in October 2013, after holding a variety of staff and management positions at the World Bank Group, including in Operations in Asia and the Pacific, Europe, and Latin America and the Caribbean as well as in Finance, Policy, and Research. He was the first country economist for Lithuania after independence when the country joined the World Bank; co-authored the 1996 World Development Report on Transition; led the economic work on Russia; and managed the development and implementation of World Bank policies on country strategies and budget support financing. Since 2003, he served as Director of Strategy and Operations for Latin America and the Caribbean, and East Asia and the Pacific, and as country director for Brazil, Turkey, and the Pacific.
Mr. Zachau holds degrees in mathematics and economics from the University of Munich and a D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar at Nuffield College. Before joining the World Bank in 1988, he worked for McKinsey & Co and taught economics at the University of Bonn.