Chief Economist, East Asia and Pacific Director World Bank Singapore, The World Bank Group
Bert Hofman is the World Bank's Chief Economist for the East Asia and Pacific Region and Director, Singapore Hub since 2011. Before moving to Singapore, he was the Country Director for the Philippines from 2007 until 2011. Mr. Hofman has spent most of his World Bank career in the East Asia and Pacific region: he has served as lead economist in China for three years where he headed a team providing economic policy advice to the government. Prior to that, Mr. Hofman spent more than five years in Indonesia as the country recovered from the Asian Crisis. He has also worked on Brazil, South Africa, Mongolia, Zambia, and Namibia. Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Hofman worked at the Kiel Institute of World Economics in Germany, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, and NMB Bank in the Netherlands (now ING).