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Krishnakumar Viravanallur S.

V.S. (Krish) Krishnakumar has over 40 years of very rich and extensive experience in operational and public procurement, contracting and supply chain management, both in private and public sector organizations.

After working in Africa for over 18 years, Krish joined the World Bank in 1997. After having served for over 12 years as the World Bank’s Regional Procurement Manager for over 600 projects in 45 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, he worked as a Special Advisor to the Operations Policy and Country Services Department, actively contributing to the World Bank‘s Procurement Reform, which has been under implementation for the past 5 years. He recently retired from the World Bank as the Practice Manager for Solutions and Innovations in Procurement for the Europe and Central Asia region, with about 250 projects in 23 countries.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Krish worked as the General Manager of a UK based procurement and export agency/consulting firm operating from South Africa. For about 15 years, before moving to the Republic of South Africa, Krish worked in Zambia as Head of Procurement for one of the world's largest copper mining companies. While in Zambia, one of his responsibilities included management, supervision and implementation of all procurement activities for large $200 million investment projects funded by the World Bank, African Development Bank and the EU.