Paolo Verme is a Lead Economist and Manager of the Research Program on Forced Displacement at the World Bank. A PhD graduate of the London School of Economics, he was visiting professor at Bocconi University and the University of Torino between 2003 and 2010. For a period of two decades prior to joining the World Bank, he served as senior adviser and project manager for the European Union, United Nations, private consulting groups and governments specializing in the design, implementation and evaluation of welfare and labor reforms. His research covers labor markets, poverty and income distribution and is published widely in international journals, books and reports. An Italian national, Paolo speaks fluently five languages and has worked, lived or traveled in over one hundred and twenty countries across five continents. He is an accredited Full Professor of Public Economics and Economic Policy in Italy.