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Gail Richardson


E. Gail Richardson manages the health, nutrition and population (HNP) portfolio for several countries of the South Asia region at the World Bank Group, including Bangladesh, Bhutan, Pakistan, and Nepal.  In this role, she is charged with guiding the development and quality of Bank supported HNP analytical products and financing operations in support of the Bank’s goals to end poverty and boost shared prosperity.  Earlier in her career, Gail designed health programs for a cohort of lower and middle income countries in the Middle East, including Yemen and Jordan.  She also provided advisory services on health systems development to Gulf countries, such as the UAE.  From 2002 to 2004, Gail served as an advisor to the Regional Director of the WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific (WPRO). 

In addition to her health positions, Gail managed the Development Effectiveness Unit for the Europe and Central Asia region, with oversight responsibility for the region’s lending portfolio, encompassing over 200 active programs across all sectors.  She was also a lead member of the Results Secretariat in the Bank’s policy arm of the Bank, charged with strengthening the Bank’s monitoring and measurement of the impact of its programs.

Gail holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration focusing on health policy from the New York University (NYU).