Senior Fellow Emeritus, Center for Global Development
Mayra Buvinic, an internationally recognized expert on gender and development and social development, is a senior fellow emeritus at the Center for Global Development and a senior fellow at the United Nations Foundation. Previously, she was Director for Gender and Development at the World Bank. She also worked at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) where she headed the Social Development Division and was founding member and President of the International Center for Research on Women. She has a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Assistant Director, Gender Program and Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Global Development (CGD)
Megan O’Donnell is the assistant director of CGD’s gender program and a senior policy analyst. She works on issues related to women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion, gender data and measurement, and development effectiveness. Prior to CGD, O’Donnell worked at the ONE Campaign, an international advocacy organization focused on sub-Saharan Africa, where she led the development of ONE’s gender and inclusive growth-focused policy recommendations to donors and country governments. Before joining ONE, she coordinated CGD’s gender research program and has also worked with the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Center for Research on Women, CARE USA, Banyan Global, and the Middle East Institute. She has a Master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Oxford and a Bachelor’s degree in Politics and French from the University of Virginia.