Klaus Tilmes

Senior Fellow


Klaus Tilmes is a Senior Policy Advisor and former World Bank Director with over 30 years’ of international experience in development policy, strategy development at global, country, and sectoral levels, and program implementation.

Since leaving the World Bank, Mr. Tilmes is providing policy advice to international organizations, governments, and private sector companies on economic trends, technology strategies, data policies, and human development. He serves as Chair of the Roundtable on Sustainability and Emerging Technologies at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and is affiliated with the United Nations’ Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) program.

Previously, Klaus served as Director of the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank, overseeing regional operations in Africa and the Middle East and global teams for Trade and Competition Policy as well as Innovation and Entrepreneurship. During his career at the World Bank, Klaus held various operational and corporate positions, including Director of Strategy and Operations in the Finance and Private Sector Development Network; Knowledge Strategy Adviser; Manager at the Independent Evaluation Group; and Senior Country Economist. He holds degrees from Harvard University and the University of Mannheim.