Board Advisor (World Bank Consultant)
Matthew D. Glasser is the Director for Municipal Law and Finance at the Centre for Urban Law and Finance in Africa (CULFA). Glasser has worked with the National Treasury of South Africa for over 20 years, advising on policy issues related to local government finances, especially borrowing and financial emergencies. He was formerly Lead Urban Specialist in the World Bank where he managed urban strategic and research efforts in Eastern and Southern Africa. In this role, he led and contributed to a broad portfolio of urban operations including performance-based intergovernmental fiscal transfer systems; upgrading for informal settlements; and strategic programmes focused on secondary cities. He provided technical assistance and advice to governments in India, Kenya, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda. Currently he serves as a member of the International Advisory Committee at the Centre for Land Governance in the Indian Institute of Human Settlements. He is also an Extraordinary Research Fellow of the South African Chair in Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability at the North-West University Faculty of Law. His most recent publication is “Financing the New Urban Agenda,” a chapter in Law and the New Urban Agenda, ed. by Davidson and Tewari, Routledge, May 2020.