Aleem Walji

Aleem Walji is the Practice Manager of World Bank Institute’s (WBI) Innovation Team. He oversees the Development Marketplace program which provides social entrepreneurs access to early stage, mezzanine, and growth financing for the delivery of public goods. Mr. Walji also oversees projects focused on Open Government, Transparency and Accountability. As part of his role, Mr. Walji leads efforts related to Open Data, Open Innovation and managing the Bank’s competition management platform designed to surface solutions to complex development problems.

Prior to joining WBI, Mr. Walji served as a Head of Global Development Initiatives at, with a focus on eastern Africa. He led efforts related to increasing transparency and accountability in government and supporting the growth of small and medium-size enterprises in Africa. Mr. Walji was also the first CEO of the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. His particular interests lie in rural economic development, entrepreneurship, and public-private partnerships. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Near Eastern Studies and Anthropology from Emory University and his master’s degree in International Development and Regional Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.