Zia Qureshi

Senior Fellow – Global Economy and Development

Zia Qureshi is a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution. He also advises and consults for several other organizations.

Qureshi’s research and commentary cover a broad range of global economic issues, including a current focus on how technology is reshaping the economic agenda. He has recently led research projects at Brookings on the implications of technological change for productivity, growth, jobs, income distribution, and related policies. His work spans both advanced economies and emerging market economies. He has published widely on the global economy and development.

Prior to joining Brookings, Qureshi worked at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund for 35 years. During that period, he held leadership positions across a wide range of responsibilities. His last position at the World Bank was as director, Development Economics. He also served as executive secretary of the IMF-World Bank Joint Ministerial Development Committee, and represented the World Bank at major international forums, including the G-20. He led several World Bank and IMF flagship publications.

He holds a D.Phil. in economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Global economy
    • Emerging markets
    • Growth
    • Macroeconomics
    • Structural reforms
    • Development policy
    • Globalization and global governance
  • Past Positions

    • Director, Strategy and Operations, Office of Senior Vice President Development Economics and Chief Economist, World Bank (2011-2015)
    • Senior Adviser, Office of Senior Vice President Development Economics and Chief Economist, World Bank (2006-2011)
    • Executive Secretary, Development Committee - Joint Ministerial Committee of IMF and World Bank (2005-2006)
    • Senior Adviser, Office of Managing Director Operations, and Head of Global Monitoring Secretariat, World Bank (2003-2005)
    • Sector Manager/Director, Economic Policy Department, and Chair of Economic Policy Sector Board (2000-2002)
    • Lead Economist and Country Program Coordinator, Korea Department, World Bank (1998-2000)
  • Education

    • D.Phil. in Economics, Oxford University (1980)
    • M.Phil. in Economics, Oxford University (1977)
    • M.A. in Economics, Punjab University (1975)
    • B.A. (Honors) in Economics, Politics, and History, Punjab University (1972)
    • Rhodes Scholar
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