Ian Walker

Ian Walker

Lead Economist, Jobs

Ian Walker, a UK national, first joined the World Bank in 2005 as a lead economist in the Latin American and Caribbean Social Protection team. From 2011-15, he served as the Inter-American Development Bank’s representative in Honduras. He returned to the Bank in 2015 to join the Jobs Group as lead economist.

Over his 30-year career in development economics, he has worked on a wide range of issues including private sector development, urban upgrading, water and sanitation, infrastructure, social protection, health and education and the environment. He has designed and supervised economic appraisals, surveys and impact evaluations and sector studies in most of those fields.

Before joining the Bank he was Managing Director of ESA Consultores, an international consultancy based in Honduras, where he lived on and off for 20 years, also serving as chief economic advisor to two different Honduran administrations and as founder and director of private companies in technology education and fiber optic cable services.


  • Jobs and Development
  • Urban Development
  • Social Protection and Growth