Sir Suma Chakrabarti is the sixth President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). He has held the position since 2012 and is in his second four-year term after being re-elected by the Bank’s shareholders.
Sir Suma has spent a great deal of his professional career working in international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform.
Prior to joining the EBRD, he held senior positions in the British civil service. He was Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice, its most senior civil servant and, earlier, headed the UK’s Department for International Development. He also worked in the late 1990s in the UK Treasury, and in the early 2000s in the Cabinet Office.
After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at the University of Oxford, Sir Suma took a Masters in Development Economics at the University of Sussex. He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia, as well as Bucharest’s University of Economic studies. He has an honorary fellowship of New College, Oxford. He was also presented with Kazakhstan’s 25th Anniversary of Independence Medal.