Misha is an expert in practical and operational statistical capacity building, both internationally and with national governments. For many years, he was responsible for the World Bank’s lending programs for statistical capacity building and for the partnership programs with national statistical offices. As a manager in the World Bank’s Development Data Group, he led the work on International Statistical Programs, was program manager for STATCAP, managed the Trust Fund for Statistical Capacity Building, supervised the Global Office of the International Comparison Program, and represented the Bank in many statistical forums.
Eric is a globally recognized economist with a passion for analyzing the most effective ways to use data for development. He was an original member of the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the Millennium Development Goals. As senior advisor and program manager of the World Bank’s Development Data Group, he was in charge of World Development Indicators and Global Monitoring, was managing editor of the World Development Indicators and Atlas of Global Development, and managed production of the Bank’s principal statistical databases. As a member of the senior management team, he was an expert representative on numerous high-level international committees and taskforces.
Shaida brings several decades of experience in managing global development statistics as the long-time Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group. During her tenure, flagship global statistical products were launched such as the World Development Indicators, Global Development Finance, and the Atlas of Global Development. In 2010, she led the World Bank’s Open Data Initiative, a ground-breaking program to provide full and free access to the World Bank’s extensive statistical databases. Prior to that, she played a key role in the creation and operation of PARIS21 as well as leading international efforts to coordinate technical and financial support for statistics through initiatives like the Marrakech Action Plan.