Martin Melecky is Lead Economist at the Finance, Competitiveness and Innovation Global Practice, World Bank. He has led financial sector assessment programs, development policy operations, and investment and technical assistance projects in South Asia, Emerging Europe, and Central Asia. Martin co-authored regional reports on Hidden Debt in South Asia, Economic Corridors in South Asia, and Finance for Shared Prosperity in Europe and Central Asia. He is also the lead author of the chapter in the 2014 World Development Report on the role of the financial system in risk management. Martin published in journals such as the World Bank Economic Review, World Bank Research Observer, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, Journal of Regional Science, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Financial Stability, and Journal International Money and Finance, among others. A Czech national, he received a PhD in Economics from the University of New South Wales, Australia.