Vinod Thomas is Director-General and Senior Vice President of the Independent Evaluation Group (IEG) at the World Bank Group. He reports directly to the Board of Executive Directors and oversees the impact of the activities of the World Bank, IFC and MIIGA. During his tenure since August 2005, he has led IEG with a new mandate -- unifying the work across public and private sectors, strengthening IEG's independence as well as engagement with Operations, and fortifying the quality and impact of evaluation.
He was formerly Country Director for Brazil and Vice President of the World Bank, a position that he held from October 2001 to July 2005. Prior to that, he was Vice President of the World Bank Institute, where he led the Institute's efforts to improve its focus, quality and impact.
Before heading WBI, he held positions as Chief Economist for the World Bank in the East Asia and Pacific Region. He was the Director for the World Development Report, entitled "The Challenge of Development" (Oxford University Press, 1991) which assessed crucial issues for inclusive and sustainable growth. He was also Chief of Trade Policy and Principal Economist for Colombia.
Vinod Thomas joined the Bank in 1976. He has a Ph.D. in Economics from of the University of Chicago. He is the author of over a dozen books, numerous journal articles and opinion pieces in areas from trade and macroeconomics to project evaluation and finance. Among the books are: The Quality of Growth (Oxford University Press, 2000), From inside Brazil (Stanford University Press, 2006), and Best Practices in Trade Policy Reform (Oxford University Press, 1991). He has taught at Vassar College, New York and the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.