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Nicholas van Praag
Communications Manager, World Development Report 2011, the World Bank
NICHOLAS VAN PRAAG manages the communications and advocacy program for the next World Development Report (WDR2011
). His previous assignment was as Director of External Relations at the United Nations High Commission for Refugees where he was on external service from the Bank (2006-09). At UNHCR, he was responsible for framing the communications agenda and mobilizing financial support for the agency. He also had oversight of the agency's governance bodies and relations with a range of partners in and outside the UN system.
Van Praag began his career with the European Commission in 1977 and joined UNHCR in 1981 where he served in Geneva, Sudan, and Washington DC. He left the UN in 1986 for the Aga Khan Development Network and moved to the World Bank in 1990 where he held a number of positions including Head of External Affairs in the World Bank's European Office and Manager of External Affairs for Europe and Central Asia.