Prasanna Lal Das works on entrepreneurship, data/digital policy, and disruptive technologies in the Finance, Competitiveness & Innovation global practice at the World Bank Group. His most recent publications include reports on ‘Internet of Things – the next government to business platform’ and ‘Harnessing Data Technologies for Better Development'. Mr Lal Das is currently working on several digital economy related projects covering digital platforms, national data strategies, and digital competitiveness. He is also exploring the use to alternative data sources to measure the effectiveness of policy making and researching the potential of technologies such as blockchain, IoT, and machine learning applied to development questions such as financial inclusion, SME growth, and entrepreneurship ecosystem diagnostics.

Prior to this, Prasanna managed the Bank Group’s open financial data program, and led the development of its open trade and competitiveness data platform. Prasanna has worked extensively in the private sector helping companies develop strategies to use information as a competitive business asset. He has also worked as a journalist and in the computer games industry. Prasanna holds a Master’s degree in Modern Indian History. You can follow him on Twitter @prasannalaldas