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Maureen Lewis

Former Senior Fellow


Maureen Lewis is a Visiting Professor at Georgetown University. She spent 22 years at the World Bank in various positions including Chief Economist for Human Development where she oversaw the economic and policy work of the World Bank in the area of human development, encompassing health, education, labor markets, pensions and social assistance. Among other positions she was Manager for Human Development Economics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and spent 8 years working on Latin America and the Caribbean. Dr. Lewis was a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development in 2004-2006 where she authored two highly cited books, Inexcusable Absence and Exclusion, Gender and Education, and a number of working papers including “Governance, Institutions and Corruption in Health Care Delivery” that had a direct impact on donor policies toward good governance in the sector.  Prior to the World Bank she was a Senior Researcher at The Urban Institute working in Latin America on health and demographic issues.  Dr. Lewis has published books on health and growth and the economics of HIV/AIDs, as well as articles on health system delivery and finance. She is a board member at IPM where she heads the Finance, Compensation and Audit Committee, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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