Michele Gragnolati currently serves as the Practice Manager for the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank. Economist graduated from Luigi Bocconi Commercial University (Italy), Michele also has a Diploma in International Management from HEC (France), a Master’s Degree in Population and Development from the London School of Economics (Great Britain) and a Ph.D. in Demography from the University of Princeton (USA).
Michele joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1998 and since 2000, he served first as an economist with the health, nutrition and population and education sectors in Latin America, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and South Asia, and later as program leader for Human Development for the Western Balkans, Brazil, and Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay where he worked on poverty, access to and quality of education and health services, measurement of school performance and safety net programs. His last positions were as Manager for Strategy and Operations in the HNP Global Practice and Global Lead for Population and Development where he worked mostly on issues related to high fertility and rapid population growth in Sub-Saharan Africa. Michele has worked for the World Bank out of HQ in DC and in Country Offices in Sarajevo, Brasilia and Buenos Aires.
Michele has published on different topics, including methodological and statistical demography, poverty during the East Asia financial crisis, malnutrition in Central America and India, the impact of health expenditures on poverty in former Yugoslavia, the economics of demographic change in Africa and the socioeconomic implications of population aging in Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay.
Michele speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.