Title: Lead Economist for Human Development
Bio: Dr. Brixi currently serves as Lead Economist for Human Development in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Prior to her current position, Dr Brixi led the World Bank’s social protection and labor program in South East Asia countries. In her career with the World Bank since 1995, she served as Senior Country Economist in China and Senior Economist and Public Sector Specialist in East Asia and the Pacific Region and Europe and Central Asia Region. She authored World Bank China report Promoting Growth with Equity; led the Bank-wide Quality of Fiscal Adjustment Thematic Group, promoting innovation in public finance and public sector management; and managed projects and analytical activities on public finance, governance, and human development. During 2004-2010, Dr. Brixi took a leave from the Bank to serve as WHO Health Sector Development Coordinator in China, and subsequently as UNICEF Social Policy Chief in China. In these positions, she contributed to China’s policy reforms in health, social protection, and service delivery & financing. During 2004-2010, she was a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy and Management, in Beijing. Dr. Brixi’s publications include book Government at Risk (Oxford University Press). She holds graduate degree in economics and public policy from Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University; post-graduate certificate in finance from the Sloan Business School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); and a PhD in physics from Masaryk University, Czech Republic.