E. Gail Richardson is the World Bank Operations Manager for the Caribbean countries and Head of the World Bank’s Office in Jamaica. She assumed this position on March 1, 2022. In this role, she works closely with government counterparts, the Country Director, and technical teams to support countries to address their development challenges.
Prior to joining the Latin America and Caribbean region, Ms. Richardson was the Practice Manager for the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) portfolio for the South Asia region. In this role, she guided 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, Ms. Richardson 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 high income 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, Ms. Richardson 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.
Ms. Richardson, a United States national, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration focusing on health policy and finance from the New York University (NYU).