Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, South Asia Region, the World Bank

Abhas Jha is an expert in public policy focused on cities, technology, infrastructure, climate risk, and resilience. He has over three decades of global experience across East Asia, South Asia, Europe and Central Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Abhas is currently Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management for South Asia for the World Bank. In this capacity, he leads a global team working on infrastructure lending, technical assistance, and advisory services. He has been with the World Bank since 2001. He was for 12 years a member of the Indian Administrative Service (the national senior civil service of India) in the Government of India (in the Federal Ministry of Finance and earlier in the state of Bihar).

Abhas is the lead author of "Safer Homes, Stronger Communities: A Handbook for Reconstructing after Disasters" (2010) and "Cities and Flooding: A Guide to Integrated Urban Flood Risk Management" (2012) and has edited/co-edited or contributed chapters to several other publications. He has been cited by the Economist, Financial Times, New York Times, CNN, BBC,  OECD and UN-Habitat, amongst others.