Jamele Rigolini is a Lead Economist and the Human Development Program Leader for the Western Balkans, coordinating the World Bank’s Education, Health, Social Protection and Jobs engagements in the region. His areas of expertise include human development, social protection, jobs, climate change, poverty and skills. Prior to joining the World Bank he was an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Warwick (UK). At the World Bank he worked on social protection, poverty, jobs and climate change across several regions (Africa, East Asia, Eastern Europe and Latin America), managing both operations, technical assistance programs, and several regional and global Flagship Reports on social protection, poverty, and jobs. Jamele Rigolini holds a Diploma in Physics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, and a PhD in Economics from New York University. In addition to his policy work he remains active in research and has published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Development Economics, Economics & Politics, Economic Letters and World Development. He is fluent in Italian, French, English, Spanish and German.