Christine Kessides is the Urban Practice Manager in the World Bank Institute. The Urban unit provides capacity development support in key topics of the urban agenda, including land use planning, municipal finance and governance, urban services, public safety, and resilience to disaster risks and climate change adaptation. Earlier, Ms. Kessides was the Lead Urban Economist and Urban Program Leader in the Water and Urban unit of the World Bank's Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Sustainable Development Department where she managed urban and municipal analytical work and projects. While Advisor in the Urban Anchor, she wrote the Bank's 2000 urban and local government strategy, Cities in Transition.