Baljit Vohra currently serves as Vice President in the Integrated Development division of the Louis Berger Group (LBG). He is also the lead manager of LBG’s UAE branch office located in JAFZA, Dubai. LBG is a global firm with over 5,000 professional staff operating in more than 90 countries, and is one of the world’s leading providers of services in infrastructure development, master planning, competitiveness, trade facilitation and investment promotion strategies.
Mr. Vohra joined LBG in March 2005 and served until April 2008 as Chief of Party (COP) for USAID’s US$154 million economic growth and employment generation project (Izdihar) in Iraq. As COP, Mr. Vohra had designated responsibility for overseeing day-to-day operations (including project logistics, security and life support services) as well as directing targeted technical assistance to Iraqi ministries and private sector in trade policy reform and WTO accession, investment promotion, micro-finance, SME finance and development of small business development centers. Mr. Vohra also served as the Executive Vice President of AmCham Iraq.
Over the past 18 years, Mr. Vohra has been advising host country governments and private sector (including conflict- and transition- economies) on public sector reform, trade policy, investment promotion, enterprise capital markets and MSME development. He served as the General Manager of the Eastern Caribbean Securities Exchange (ECSE) from 2002-2004 where he was responsible for managing the operations and overseeing staff of the ECSE and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining the ECSE, Mr. Vohra served as the President of the Intrados Consulting Group (ICG); a Washington D.C. based training and advisory services firm providing effective customized solutions in private sector development to host country governments and corporations located in over 50 countries around the world.
Mr. Vohra has worked in an advisory capacity for several multinational corporations, including Saudi Aramco; AT&T; former Bell Atlantic; Lombard Investments and UBS; for major universities in the U.S., U.S. Government agencies such as the U.S. Agency for International Development; Overseas Private Investment Corporation; the Federal Reserve System; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, CalPERs, multilateral organizations such as the World Bank; the Asian Development Bank; African Development Bank; and the UNDP and host-country governments in all regions of the world, including China; island states of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU); India; Iraq; Kazakstan; Kuwait; Madagascar; Moldova; Namibia; Nepal; Philippines; People’s Republic of China; Romania; Russian Federation; Sri Lanka, Ukraine and Zimbabwe. He has also participated as an advisor to developing country governments and institutions in FSAP and ROSC related assessments undertaken by World Bank and IMF Teams. He has been serving as consultant to the Kuwait Investment Authority in the design and implementation of a comprehensive Industry Analysis program for Kuwaiti investment professionals. He has also advised CalPERs and Lombard Investments on private equity (venture capital) investments in the Asia/Pacific.
Mr. Vohra has served as guest speaker in a number of countries and at international forums on competitive strategy, trade facilitation and investment promotion. He has written several articles on the corporate restructuring, privatization, capital markets, private equity and pension reform. He holds an MBA in Finance and Investments from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. and a Bachelors degree (honors) in Mechanical Engineering from the University Of Jabalpur, India.