BRG Managing Director Mark Williams has been appointed by the World Bank Group as Practice Manager, Global Knowledge and Expertise for the Digital Development global practice.
Williams, who for the past four years has led BRG’s Telecommunications, Media and Technology (TMT) practice in the firm’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region (based in the UK and South Africa), is an expert on digital technologies. He has worked in a broad range of areas including policy, strategy, investment appraisal, regulation and financial analysis. Earlier in his career he spent time with the World Bank as a senior economist in its Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) unit.
Commenting on Williams’ new role, David Teece, executive chairman and cofounder of BRG, said: “We are delighted for Mark, and for the World Bank, as he takes on this new and important role. Mark has contributed a great deal to the development of BRG’s EMEA practice, including the launch of our South Africa operations last year, and although his expertise and leadership will be missed, he has done an excellent job of building a team and practice that will continue to grow and thrive.
“BRG has long supported the work of the World Bank, and we look forward to collaborating with Mark in his role, and with the wider organisation, wherever our capabilities and insights can make a difference. For BRG, the global digital agenda lies at the heart of our core expertise in areas spanning innovation, competition policy, regulation, intellectual property and valuation. It is testament to the strength and profile of our ongoing work in this arena that Mark has been selected for this prominent role.”
In his new position, Williams’ top three priorities will be to manage the Bank’s global analytical agenda linked to digital transformation; grow the Bank’s global leadership role on next-generation issues on digital infrastructure, new regulatory initiatives, innovative business models for connectivity, digital applications and other priorities related to managing risks; and provide technical leadership on the operationalisation and translation of analytical insights into actionable programs.