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The World Bank Group has numerous staff members specialized in air transport. Their areas of expertise include: aviation legislation and regulatory framework, aviation finance, airport and airline privatization, airport and airline operations, air traffic management systems, air safety and air security. These Bank experts have extensive experience in the air transport industry, as well as in cooperation with government agencies.


Core team:

Dr. Charles E. Schlumberger, Lead Air Transport Specialist

Dr. Charles E. Schlumberger, a Swiss national, is the Lead Air Transport Specialist of the World Bank in Washington DC. In this function he is responsible for the Bank’s policy and development priorities in the field of air transportation. He supervises or participates directly in several air transport projects globally, which range from air transport infrastructure financing, air carrier restructuring and/or privatization, air transport safety and security projects, and air transport policy advice to governments. He has also published several papers and books on air transport topics, which include an analysis of liberalization of air services in Africa and a review of the challenges and opportunities of alternative fuels for aviation.

Prior to his appointment to the World Bank in 1998, Dr. Schlumberger has held the position of Vice-President at Union Bank of Switzerland, responsible for international credit restructuring. Prior to his activities in financial institutions, he was the CEO of a logistics and transport group in France, and worked as a lawyer on aviation related matters in Switzerland.

Dr. Schlumberger graduated in 1986 with a Law Degree from Basel Law School, focusing on aviation law and bankruptcy procedures. He further holds an MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston, USA, and received a degree of Doctor of Civil Law from the Institute of Air and Space Law of McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He is also an active FAA and EASA licensed pilot and certified flight instructor, and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

Shruti Vijayakumar, Air Transport Specialist

Shruti Vijayakumar is an Air Transport Specialist at the World Bank in Washington, DC. Her work covers a range of development-related air transport issues including airline/airport safety and security, airport finance and infrastructure, sustainability, aviation policy and research.

Prior to the World Bank, Shruti worked in management consulting and focused on government-driven markets including aerospace, transportation, logistics and IT. Shruti holds a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and a Master of Public Policy from Brown University. She has lived and worked in a number of countries including Singapore, Indonesia, India, Australia and the UK.

Other experts:

Jean-François Arvis, Senior Transport Economist

Ramatou Magagi, Senior Investment Officer (IFC)

Pierre Pozzo di Borgo, Principal Investment Officer (IFC)

Noroarisoa Rabefaniraka, Senior Transport Specialist

Daniel Saslavsky, Trade Specialist

Vincent Vesin, Transport Specialist

Margaret Walsh, Sector Leader (MIGA)

Nora Weisskopf, Air Transport Consultant

Please direct your enquiries to:
1 202 473-5188




FY13 Air Transport Annual Report


Air Transport and Energy Efficiency


Air Transport Community of Practice

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