Tuesday, July 24, 2018

World Bank Economist, 37, Drowns At Bali Beach

For the record.

A young Indian-origin senior economist, Aakansha Pande (37), working with the World Bank drowned after strong currents pulled her away while she was swimming in a restricted area at a beach in Bali, Indonesian media is reporting.

According to the Jakarta Post,  the beach lifeguard tried to save Pande and took her to Siloam Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Pand, who resided in Singapore, was a US citizen and was Senior Health Economist at the World Bank where she focused on countries in the Middle East and North Africa. She led the World Bank health portfolio in Jordan which includes a US$150 million concessional financing loan in partnership with the Islamic Development Bank and the Global Concessional Financing Facility in response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

Lifeguard officials said before the incident, Pande had been warned twice by the beach lifeguard as she was swimming in an area where swimming was banned due to strong currents.

-RW