Yuan Xiao is a Senior Urban Development Specialist based in the World Bank's Beijing Office. She manages lending projects, advisory services and analytical work in urban and disaster risk management fields in China.
Before this assignment, Yuan served as an Urban Development Specialist in the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa Region. Prior to joining the World Bank, she was an assistant professor of urban planning at Columbia University, New York.
Yuan obtained her Ph. D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an M.A. from the University of Toronto, and B.A.s from Peking University.