Mark Roland Thomas, Director, Country Credit Risk, World Bank
Mark Thomas leads a team responsible for rating all World Bank sovereign exposures, managing country exposure, tracking and reporting portfolio credit quality, modeling portfolio risk, implementing capital adequacy and provisioning frameworks, and evaluating structured finance proposals. He is a seasoned economist and sovereign debt specialist. Prior to his current position, he was Practice Manager, Macroeconomics, responsible for financial and advisory services to African countries as well as for global engagements on sovereign debt. Since joining the World Bank in 1999, he has worked for clients in Africa, Latin America, Europe, South Asia, and Central Asia, including assignments based in Brazil and in Turkey. He served as Lead Economist for Côte d'Ivoire, for Kazakhstan, for Turkey (during the global financial crisis), and for Brazil. He has also led global programs on debt relief, debt sustainability, and debt management.
He has published peer-reviewed articles and book chapters covering debt, economic growth, macroeconomic crises, labor markets, and regional policy. Earlier in his career he worked in the private sector, helping establish a Paris-based management consultancy, with clients in various industries throughout Europe. He has served as adjunct faculty at Georgetown University Public Policy Institute, the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and the École des Hautes Études Commerciales at the University of Montreal. Mark holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton, an MA in Economics from McGill, and a BA in Mathematics from Oxford (New College). He is a Freeman of the town of Llantrisant, in Wales.