Sameh Wahba MUP '97, PhD '02, KSGEE '13
Sameh Wahba is the Global Director for the World Bank’s Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, based in Washington, D.C. The Global Practice, which also covers territorial development, geospatial and results-based-financing, has a portfolio of over 200 projects with $30bn in investment, program-for-results and development policy lending and 450 staff.
Mr. Wahba is an urban specialist with 25 years’ experience in housing, land, local economic development, urban management and municipal service delivery, and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery. He served in senior management and leadership positions in the Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East and North Africa Regions. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2004, he worked at the Institute of Housing and Urban Development Studies (IHS) and at the Harvard Center for Urban Development Studies.
Mr. Wahba holds a Ph.D. and a Master in urban planning from Harvard University, and a Masters and Bachelor degree in Architecture from Cairo University. He co-authored numerous publications including the World Bank’s “Regenerating Urban Land: A Practitioner’s Guide to Leveraging Private Investment” and “Culture in City Reconstruction and Recovery” jointly with UNESCO.