Abhas Jha is Practice Manager, Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management (South Asia Region) within the Urban, Resilience and Land Global Practice for the World Bank. He works on cities, technology, climate risk and resilience and public policy.
Abhas leads a global team working on infrastructure lending, technical assistance, and advisory services within the World Bank. He has been with the World Bank since 2001, working on policy reform and development finance in a variety of countries including China, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Jamaica, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, PNG and Peru. Abhas earlier served as Adviser to the World Bank Executive Director for Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, and Sri Lanka. 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 Financial Times, New York Times, CNN, BBC, Project Syndicate, OECD and UN-Habitat, amongst others.