Lynne Sherburne-Benz


Ms. Sherburne-Benz is the Director, Social Protection and Jobs Global Practice, Human Development Vice Presidency. She came to this role after 3 years as a Senior Regional Advisor and 6 years as Sector Manager for Social Protection in Africa. Previously, she has also held the following positions at the World Bank: Advisor to the Managing Director, Operations; Acting Director of Strategy and Operations for the East Asia and Pacific Regions; Sector Manger of Social Protection in the Human Development Network; Country Program Coordinator for the Southeast Asia Countries of Cambodia, Lao DPR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar and Thailand; and has worked in the Africa Region, Human Development Central Vice Presidency, among other positions. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Sherburne-Benz worked on agricultural research projects in Niger and Madagascar. Ms. Sherburne-Benz received her Masters and PhD in International Trade, International Finance, and Development Economics from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

Ms. Sherburne-Benz is the co-author of a book on Evaluating Social Funds: A Cross-Country Analysis of Community Investments. She has also written articles on social protection and poverty reduction, including: Social Risk Management: The World Bank’s Approach to Social Protection in a Globalizing World, Robert Holzmann, Lynne Sherburne-Benz, Emil Tesliuc. Washington, DC: The World Bank 2003; and Poverty Reduction and the World Bank: Progress and Challenges in the 1990s. Washington, DC: World Bank 1996.