Haishan Fu is the Director of the World Bank’s Development Data Group, overseeing its global development monitoring and open data initiative, surveys and other technical advisory services, and global statistical programs such as the International Comparison Program. In her capacity as the Ex-Officio member of the WBG Data Council and the Co-Chair of the Development Data Directors Group, Haishan leads and coordinates the development and implementation of the Bank’s development data agenda. She has been an active leader in the global statistical community, having served or currently serving as a member of the UN Secretary General’s Independent Expert Advisory Group on Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, Council Member of the International Statistical Institute, and Co-Chair of the Global Steering Committee of the Global Strategy to Improve Agricultural and Rural Statistics, among others.
Prior to joining the Bank in 2014, Haishan was Director of the Statistics Division at UNESCAP, leading the strategic development of a number of regional statistics development programs in Asia and the Pacific. During her time as the Chief of Statistics of UNDP’s Human Development Report, she led the transformation of the Report’s statistical quality and credibility, and built an extensive network with national and international statistical agencies and other partners. She spent a number of years doing health policy-related research as a post-doctoral fellow at University of Pennsylvania and Senior Research Associate at the Guttmacher Institute in New York. Haishan holds a Ph.D. in Demography from Princeton University and a B.A. in Economics from Peking University.