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Manish Bapna

Interim President
World Resources Institute

Bapna is the acting president of the World Resources Institute. He joined WRI as its executive vice president and managing director in 2007. His interests and expertise are in international development with a particular focus on rural poverty and natural resources. Previously, he was the executive director of the nonprofit Bank Information Center (BIC), whose mission is to protect rights and promote sustainability in the projects and policies of international financial institutions. Bapna has also served as a senior economist and task team leader at the World Bank, where he led multidisciplinary teams in designing and implementing water, watershed, and rural development projects in Asia and Latin America. Bapna has been cited in front-page articles in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and International Herald Tribune and has recently published Op-eds in the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Guardian, and Bangkok Post. Bapna received graduate degrees in business and international development from Harvard University and an undergraduate degree in engineering from MIT.