Safaa El Tayeb El-Kogali is the Manager for Education in the Middle East and North Africa region in the World Bank based in Washington DC. She is a leading expert with 20 years of experience in international development. In her 15 years at the World Bank, Ms. El-Kogali has occupied a number of positions including Lead Specialist with the Education Global Practice, Sector Leader in Human Development for the Caribbean in the Latin America and Caribbean region, Senior Economist in the Human Development department and the Chief Economist’s office in the Middle East and North Africa region, and Economist in the Education department of the Sub-Saharan Africa region. In addition to the World Bank, Ms. El-Kogali has also worked with the Population Council as Regional Director for West Asia and North Africa based in Cairo, Egypt. She has also worked previously as a researcher with the Population Council and the Economic Research Forum (ERF) in Egypt. Her experience includes management, policy dialogue, research, and project design in over 15 countries. She authored a number of studies and recently published a book entitled: Expanding Opportunities for the Next Generation: Early Childhood Development in the Middle East and North Africa. Ms. El-Kogali is a Sudanese national and has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, USA and a Master of Philosophy degree with distinction in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, UK.