Lead Economist, Gender, World Bank Group
Kathleen Beegle is a Lead Economist with the World Bank Gender Group. She was previously a Human Development Program Leader for Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, based in Accra, Ghana. Her research experience includes the study of poverty, labor, economic shocks, and methodological studies on household survey data collection in developing countries. She has expertise in the design and implementation of household surveys and their use for poverty and policy analysis. She recently co-led the World Bank reports Realizing the Full Potential of Safety Nets in Africa, Poverty in A Rising Africa, and Accelerating Poverty Reduction in Africa. Beegle was Deputy Director of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2013 on Jobs. She joined the Development Research Group of the World Bank in 2001, where she was a member of the Living Standards Measurement Study team. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at RAND.
Senior Economist, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice, The World Bank
Nadia Rocha is a Senior Economist in the Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice at the World Bank. Prior to joining the Bank in 2016, Nadia worked for five years in the Economic Research and Statistics division of the World Trade Organization. She was seconded to serve as a Senior Advisor on trade to the Colombian Ministry of Trade during 2015. Nadia holds a Ph.D. in International Economics from the Graduate Institute of Geneva, a MA in Economics from Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, and a BA in economics from Bocconi University in Milan. Her current work focuses on regionalism, trade costs, global value chains, and trade and gender.
Senior Consultant, Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice, World Bank Group
Deborah Winkler is a Senior Consultant in the World Bank Group’s Macroeconomics, Trade and Investment Global Practice. Deborah has worked on issues of global value chains, export competitiveness, foreign direct investment, trade in services; their determinants; their economic and social effects; and the role of policy. She is a former Research Associate of the New School for Social Research and received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Hohenheim. Deborah was a lead author of the World Bank’s report on Women and Trade: The Role of Trade in Promoting Gender Equality (2020) and a core team member of the World Development Report 2020: Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains (2019). Other selected publications include Making Global Value Chains Work for Development (with D. Taglioni), Outsourcing Economics (with W. Milberg), and Making Foreign Direct Investment Work for Sub-Saharan Africa (with T. Farole).
Data Fellow, Gender Group, The World Bank
Sarah Bunker is a Data Fellow bridging work across the World Bank Gender and Data Groups. Sarah manages efforts to improve the accessibility and usability of sex-disaggregated data and gender statistics at the country level through the Gender Data Portal. Her work focuses on researching indicators that measure gender gaps and creating data visualizations, infographics, and data stories to highlight those gaps. Her past development experience includes conducting and designing evaluations, M&E plans, and household surveys for WASH, education, health, and girls’ empowerment programs. Sarah holds an MPP with a focus in International Development from Georgetown University.
Senior Economist, Jobs Group, The World Bank
Michael Weber is Senior Economist with the World Bank’s Jobs Group and co-Lead of the Labor & Skills Global Solutions Group. He engages on jobs diagnostics, lending, labor law reform, and impact evaluation projects with governments in East Asia, Latin America, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He has published articles and worked on labor regulations, youth employment, informality, active labor market policies, and social insurance schemes. In recent years, Michael has also been active in monitoring global and regional job trends and contributed to toolkits for labor market analysis, jobs indicators, as well as research on data quality issues.