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Jeffrey Gutman

Senior Fellow - Global Economy and Development

Jeffrey Gutman is currently a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, focusing on issues of development effectiveness, infrastructure and urban development. He retired from the World Bank in 2010 after a 31-year career where he had extensive strategic, managerial and operational responsibilities covering economic development and poverty alleviation across a range of sectors and regions of the world.

As vice president of Operational Policy and Country Services from 2007-2010, he led the efforts for major reforms of World Bank's operational policies and practices. Serving at the intersection of senior management, the board, and with key interactions with donor and client countries, Gutman's efforts focused on balancing a demand for faster response and a more differentiated approach by type of country and sector with the calls for greater transparency, accountability and attention to results. During this period, he and his team guided a program to overhaul investment lending policies, including those for fragile states; managed the design and adoption of a major reform of disclosure policy; and led the effort to adopt and implement the recommendations of the Volcker Panel report on fraud and corruption.

From the time he joined the World Bank in 1979, he has held a range of technical, policy and managerial positions, relating to infrastructure and urban development. Throughout his career, Gutman remained focused on operations with a reputation for innovation and quality both in substance and in practicality in design.

Prior to joining the Bank, Gutman worked as an economist/planner for a consulting firm including a three-year assignment in Honduras; as a consultant to the U.S. Congress National Transportation Policy Study Commission; and as a legislative aide to a New York congressman. He received his master's degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University in 1974 and his bachelor of science in industrial and labor relations form Cornell University in 1971. He has lectured extensively at international fora and in college graduate programs.

Jeffrey Gutman is currently a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution, focusing on issues of development effectiveness, infrastructure and urban development. He retired from the World Bank in 2010 after a 31-year career where he had extensive strategic, managerial and operational responsibilities covering economic development and poverty alleviation across a range of sectors and regions of the world.

As vice president of Operational Policy and Country Services from 2007-2010, he led the efforts for major reforms of World Bank’s operational policies and practices. Serving at the intersection of senior management, the board, and with key interactions with donor and client countries, Gutman’s efforts focused on balancing a demand for faster response and a more differentiated approach by type of country and sector with the calls for greater transparency, accountability and attention to results. During this period, he and his team guided a program to overhaul investment lending policies, including those for fragile states; managed the design and adoption of a major reform of disclosure policy; and led the effort to adopt and implement the recommendations of the Volcker Panel report on fraud and corruption.

From the time he joined the World Bank in 1979, he has held a range of technical, policy and managerial positions, relating to infrastructure and urban development. Throughout his career, Gutman remained focused on operations with a reputation for innovation and quality both in substance and in practicality in design.

Prior to joining the Bank, Gutman worked as an economist/planner for a consulting firm including a three-year assignment in Honduras; as a consultant to the U.S. Congress National Transportation Policy Study Commission; and as a legislative aide to a New York congressman. He received his master’s degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University in 1974 and his bachelor of science in industrial and labor relations form Cornell University in 1971. He has lectured extensively at international fora and in college graduate programs.