Vinay Sharma joined the World Bank as the Global Director for Procurement in June 2017 and retired in June 2022. Vinay has over thirty years of experience, much of which has been at senior leadership positions responsible for policy formulation, project management, developing strategic alliances and implementation of reforms. Before joining the World Bank, Vinay was the Director of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB) Procurement and Fiduciary Services Department. He worked on procurement, financial management, and anti-corruption at the AfDB for 14 years, and handled a wide range of broad public sector governance and management issues, including ‘hands-on’ review of the AfDB’s most complex and challenging procurement transactions. He was responsible for formulating and bringing to the Board’s approval a new procurement policy for the AfDB, a process that included extensive consultations with member countries, MDBs, professional organizations representing contractors, suppliers and consultants, NGOs, CSOs and internally within AfDB.
Vinay also served as Head of Operations and Management at the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation in India and worked over 16 years in various capacities at Indian Railways and with two large state-owned enterprises in the infrastructure sector. This exposure and experience provided him with first-hand knowledge of procurement from a borrower or beneficiary standpoint. Vinay is a Civil Engineer by training.
Vinay is now an International Consultant, advising MDBs and International Organizations on procurement.