John S. Wilson

Former Lead Economist

John S. Wilson is a former Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. He joined the Bank in 1999 and directs empirical and policy research on technology, trade, aid effectiveness, and regulatory reform. Mr. Wilson also provides expertise in Bank operations and spent two years in the Bank’s Infrastructure Vice Presidency working on Bank operational projects across the regions. From 2011-2013 he was a Visting Fellow at Columbia University in New York.

He has participated in Bank operational projects under preparation and completed across the world totaling over $1.3 billion. Mr. Wilson also provided leadership for the Bank in establishing the inter-agency Standards and Trade Development Facility. Mr. Wilson developed the concept for the Bank’s Trade Facilitation Facility in 2009 and is a member of the Facility’s Program Committee. He co-managed Bank staff input to the G-20 Summit in Seoul on trade, and managed the Bank work on trade and development for the UN LDCIV Conference, among other policy dialogues over the past several years. Mr. Wilson is working on trade issues, including; barriers for low income countries, infrastructure and trade costs, global value chains in the Asia Pacific region, and standards and technical barriers, among others.

Mr. Wilson was previously Vice President for Technology Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington, D.C. and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics. He was also a Senior Staff Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University. He has degrees from The College of Wooster and Columbia University in New York.