Resource Mobilization Lead
Abul Azad is the Resource Mobilization Lead for the 50X2030 Initiative. Azad’s primary role is to mobilize resources with a key focus on IDA (International Development Association) and IBRD (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) finances of the World Bank for data production, partnership development and promote evidence informed policymaking in the agricultural sector of 50X2030 countries.
Azad has been working with the World Bank for past ten years; over the course of this period he has worked with different units in various capacities. Prior to joining the 50x2030 team, Azad has worked with the World Bank-UNHCR’s Joint Data Center on Forced Displacement in Copenhagen as a Senior Economist addressing data and evidence gap on forcibly displaced in countries hosting refugees. Previously he served as the Senior Economist with the Poverty and Equity Global Practice of the World Bank leading on Nigeria poverty work program, including leading IDA financed and trust funded projects. Prior to his posting in Nigeria, he led impact evaluations in multiple countries with Development Impact Evaluation (DIME) of the World Bank generating operationally relevant data and research to transform development policies. Over the years, he has worked with academic and research institutes, and multilateral and grassroots level organizations. He has worked extensively on data landscape and statistics systems, capacity building of national statistics offices, analytics, impact evaluations, monitoring and evaluation systems, governance reforms, policy advocacy and program management. Azad holds master’s degrees from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, North South University and Aligarh Muslim University in International Public Policy, Development Studies and English Literature with foci on international development policy, economics of development, and Shakespearean literature. Azad is currently pursuing a PhD (part-time) in Development Economics and International Development Policy from the University of Göttingen in Germany.