Doing Business Founders


Simeon Djankov

Simeon Djankov is the creator of the Doing Business series. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He was the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2013. In his 11 years at the World Bank, he has worked on regional trade agreements in North Africa, enterprise restructuring and privatization in transition economies, corporate governance in East Asia, and regulatory reforms around the world. Simeon was a principal author of the World Development Report 2002. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and has published over 60 articles in academic journals, including in Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Public Economics, and Journal of Comparative Economics.


Michael Klein

Michael Klein is Professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany and a Senior Adjunct Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies of Johns Hopkins University. Michael worked at the World Bank (1982 - 2009), most recently as Vice President for Financial and Private Sector Development for the World Bank Group as well as Chief Economist, International Finance Corporation. He was Chief Economist of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group (1997-2000) and headed the unit for non-OECD economies at the OECD Economics Department (1991-93). Before joining the World Bank, Michael was active in Amnesty International and served on its German Board (1977-79) and International Executive Committee (1979-82). Michael studied in Bonn, New Haven and Paris and received his doctorate in economics from Bonn University, Germany.


Caralee McLiesh

Caralee McLiesh was the program manager and co-founder of the Doing Business project. After joining the World Bank as a Young Professional in 2000, she worked in the research group as a principal author on the World Development Report 2002, and then with the Middle East and North Africa region. Prior to joining the World Bank she held positions with the International Red Cross in Botswana and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and with the Boston Consulting Group. She holds a PhD in finance from the University of Melbourne and a bachelor's degree in economics with first class honors from the Australian National University.