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Indian-American Sanjay pradhan in top World Bank initiative
Sanjay Pradhan, an Indian-American World Bank official, has been tapped to lead an international initiative to promote government transparency, accountability and responsiveness to citizens. Pradhan, who currently is vice-president for Change, Leadership and Innovation at the World Bank, would assume the new charge by mid-2016.
The Open Government Partnership (OGP) was launched by eight heads of State at the UN General Assembly in 2011, and in just four years, 69 countries have joined the partnership, along with hundreds of civil society groups and several multilateral organisations.
Pradhan, who holds a Ph.D. and a Bachelor's degree from Harvard University, will lead the OGP support unit, and will report to an international steering committee of 11 governments and 11 civil society leaders. Since 1986, he has held three vice-president positions at the World Bank Group (WBG) where he led the development of WBG's governance and anti-corruption strategy; helped launch Global Partnership for Social Accountability and incubated ICT-mediated citizen feedback. He also launched open contracting with partners and rolled out a flagship collaborative leadership for development program to help leaders in government and civil society undertake collaborative actions.