Sumir Lal is a Director for External and Corporate Relations in the World Bank, Washington, DC, heading a department that provides the World Bank Group’s Global Practices and Cross-cutting Solution Areas with a suite of strategic communication services, including advocacy and positioning, reputation risk management, stakeholder engagement in operations, and leadership communication. His department also implements corporate mandates like the Bank’s Access to Information Policy.
Sumir has previously been the Bank’s Manager for Operations Communications, head of Internal Communications, and External Affairs Advisor for India.
While based in the Bank’s New Delhi office, he played a pioneering role in introducing political economy-based risk management into project design and analytical work. His paper “Can Good Economics Ever Be Good Politics” (2006) on the power sector in India remains a benchmark. He has published a number of other papers on the political economy of reform.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Sumir was an award-winning journalist in India. He was Deputy Editor of The Telegraph, Kolkata, from 1993 to 1998, and Associate Editor of the Hindustan Times, Delhi, from 1998 to 2000. During his journalism career, he reported and commented on Indian and South Asian politics, conflict, and development issues.
Sumir holds an advanced degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).