Hana Brixi

Global Lead for Public Service Delivery, Governance Global Practice; and Program Leader for Gulf Countries (GCC)

Hana Brixi leads the World Bank’s Public Service Delivery Global Solutions Group fostering innovative context-specific service delivery solutions for clients. Concurrently, she serves as Program Leader for the Gulf countries guiding Bank Group engagement on governance; education; health, nutrition & population; social protection & labor; and gender in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Earlier, as Lead Economist for Human Development Sectors and Acting Sector Manager in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region, Dr. Brixi advanced strategic engagement on human development in MENA countries, and led knowledge products on financing and governance for public services. 

Based in China during 2001-10, Dr. Brixi successively served as World Bank Senior Economist, World Health Organization’s Sector Leader for Health Sector Development in China, and UNICEF Social Policy Chief in China. In these positions, she contributed to China’s policy reforms in economic and human development, governance, and public service delivery. While in China, she taught as a Visiting Professor at Tsinghua University, School of Public Policy and Management.

With the World Bank since 1995, Dr. Brixi has led innovative engagement on public finance and fiscal risk management, governance, and human development across the Europe and Central Asia, East Asia and Pacific, and MENA regions. At the global level, she led the World Bank Quality of Fiscal Adjustment Thematic Group, promoting innovation in fiscal risk management.

She published several books and flagship reports, including Trust, Voice, and Incentives: Learning from Local Success Stories in the Middle East and North Africa; Tax Expenditures – Shedding Light on Government Spending through the Tax System; and Government at Risk (Oxford University Press), and numerous articles. She holds a graduate degree in economics and public policy from the 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.



  • Social Protection and Labor
  • Public Sector & Governance
  • Financial Sector
  • Financial Sector