Dr. Kostner, an Austrian national, has been working on issues of fragility and conflict since the early 1990s. He joined the World Bank in 1999 as an Economist in the Post-Conflict Unit. Since then he has held various positions in the Bank, including Lead Social Development Specialist responsible for coordinating the Bank's work in conflict-affected countries in Africa and Country Program Coordinator for West Bank and Gaza. He is currently Adviser in the Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group.
Prior to joining the Bank, Dr. Kostner was Associate Professor of Economics at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration and later Adviser at the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.
He holds an MBA and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration.