Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution
Jeffrey Gutman is currently a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution, focusing on issues of development effectiveness, infrastructure and urban development. He retired from the World Bank in 2010 after a 31-year career where he had extensive responsibilities covering economic development and poverty alleviation across a range of sectors and regions of the world.
As vice president of Operational Policy and Country Services from 2007-2010, he led the efforts for major reforms of World Bank’s operational policies and practices.
From the time he joined the World Bank in 1979, he has held a range of technical, policy and managerial positions, relating to infrastructure and urban development.
Prior to joining the Bank, Gutman worked as an economist/planner for a consulting firm including a three-year assignment in Honduras; as a consultant to the U.S. Congress National Transportation Policy Study Commission; and as a legislative aide to a New York congressman. He received his master’s degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University in 1974 and his bachelor of science in industrial and labor relations form Cornell University in 1971. He has lectured extensively at international fora and in college graduate programs.
Gutman’s two most recent publications are: “Financing African Infrastructure: Can the World Deliver?”, (co-authored with A. Sy and S. Chattopadhyay), Brookings, March 2015, and “Is There Still Room for Discretion? Reforming Public Procurement in a Compliance-Oriented World”, May 2014.