Jean-Pierre Chauffour is Lead Economist in the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region, where he works on regionalism, competitiveness, and trade policy issues. Prior to joining the World Bank in 2007, he spent 15 years at the IMF, where he held various positions, including Mission Chief in the African Department and Representative to the WTO and United Nations in Geneva. Mr. Chauffour has extensive economic policy experience and has worked in many areas of the developing world, most extensively in the Middle East, Africa, and Eastern Europe. He holds a master in economics and a master in money, banking, and finance from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris. He is the author of The Power of Freedom: Uniting Human Rights and Development (Cato, 2009).