Konstantin Atanesyan is an international development professional with over 20 years of experience, including at the high levels of government, international NGOs, and International Financial Institutions. His World Bank Group (WBG) experience includes evaluation, operational work in several regions, and corporate assignments, including extensive field work in all WBG Regions.
Konstantin’s main areas of expertise are international development evaluation, public sector governance, country economics, public administration/finance, and political economy of development. He has extensive task management and team leadership experience, being in charge of large multi-sectoral teams producing complex outputs, including single and multi-country analytical reports, where he had pioneered a number of innovative analytical approaches.
Since joining IEG in 2007, Konstantin has been the task team leader (TTL) for several flagship IEG products, including, among others: WBG Annual Results and Performance report (RAP); the evaluations of WBG engagement in Situations of Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV); World Bank Group Engagement in Upper-Middle-Income Countries; WBG presence in Resource Rich Countries; World Bank Engagement at the State Level: The Cases of Brazil, India, Nigeria, and Russia; and Country Program Evaluations (CPEs) for Georgia, West Bank and Gaza, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, and the Philippines. The CPE for the Philippines received the IEG VPU Team Award in 2020. Currently Konstantin is IEG’s Coordinator for IEG work stream on Governance and Institutional Change.
His prior experience in the World Bank Group includes various positions at the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management (PREM) Network in Europe and Central Asia (ECA) and East Asia and Pacific (EAP) Regions, working on lending and analytical products in the areas of public sector governance, public financial management and civil service reform; as well as the Corporate Secretariat (SEC), where he coordinated the work program of the Executive Board’s Committee on Development Effectiveness (CODE) in the capacity of the Committee Secretary.
In 2011-13, Konstantin took a leave of absence from the World Bank and joined the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a specialized UN agency, based in Rome, Italy. As Senior Evaluation Officer (P-5) in IFAD’s Independent Office of Evaluation (IOE) he led a number of corporate, country, and project evaluation teams, and was responsible for coordinating IOE’s relationship with the Executive Board of IFAD.
Before joining the WBG in 2000, Mr. Atanesyan also held a number of senior positions in the Government of Armenia (Offices of the President and the Prime Minister), CARE International, and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Mr. Atanesyan holds graduate degrees in Public Policy/International Development Policy from Duke University (USA), Political Science/ International Relations from Haygazian University (Lebanon), and Middle Eastern/Arabic Studies from Yerevan State University (Armenia).