Dr. Evgueni Poliakov is a senior research scientist in economics in the Strategy and Policy Unit since 2008. His areas of expertise include macroeconomics, economics of innovation, EU regional and industrial policies, competitiveness, cost-benefit analysis, econometric estimation and modelling. He served as a Project Coordinator on a number of projects in these areas in the EU, Dutch and international contexts. From 1995-2007, he worked at the World Bank, focusing on macroeconomics, international trade, cost-benefit analysis and regional economic modelling. He served as a team leader and consultant in a large number of studies in the Europe and Central Asia as well as Africa regions. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Regional Science and MA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and BS in Mathematical Economics from the Moscow State University.