Hinh T. Dinh is currently the Lead Economist in the Office of the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the World Bank in Washington, DC. Prior to this assignment, he served as a Lead Economist in the Africa Region at the Bank (1998-2008), in charge of advising its management and staff on strategy, economic policy, and related operational issues for Southern Africa, Central and West Africa. In that capacity, he worked on Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Benin, Niger, Togo, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Burundi, Cameroon, Gabon, Sao Tome, and Equatorial Guinea. Between 1991 and 1998, he served in the Finance Complex at the Bank, working on countries in Asia (China, India, and Indonesia) and Latin America (Brazil, Mexico, and Argentina). His work on portfolio concentration led the Bank to change its lending policy on largest borrowers. Between 1979 and 1991, he worked on Jordan, Syria, Tunisia, and Egypt.
Dinhs latest books include Light Manufacturing in Africa: Targeted Policies to Enhance Private Investment and Create Jobs (World Bank 2012) and Performance of Manufacturing Firms in Africa: An Empirical Analysis (World Bank 2012). He is completing three other books on China, Vietnam, and Tanzania to be published this year by the World Bank.
Dr. Dinh received a B.A. in economics and B.S. in mathematics from the State University of New York, as well as a M.A. in economics, M.S. in industrial engineering, and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Pittsburgh (1978). He joined the World Bank Group through its Young Professionals Program in 1978.