Nathalie Francken, a Belgian national, is a Director for MIGA since November 2018 representing the constituency of Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Luxembourg, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and Turkey (EDS10). She also holds the position of Senior Advisor for IBRD, IDA and IFC for this constituency from November 1, 2020.
Prior to joining the WBG, Ms. Francken served as Advisor on Agriculture and Food Security at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Cooperation of Belgium, Research Manager at the Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance (LICOS) at the Catholic University of Leuven, Associate Researcher at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, and Chair of the Board of Directors of the Belgian Development Agency,
Ms. Francken has field experience from various developing countries and worked for the Cornell University Food and Nutrition Policy Program, the Government of Madagascar, UNICEF, FAO
Ms. Francken conducted research on development economics and political economy, more specifically on public finance, service delivery, food and nutrition security and the social implications of the natural resource curse. She published in several peer-reviewed international journals. She is also the main author of the strategic policy note on ‘Agriculture and Food Security’ for the Belgian Development Cooperation.
Ms. Francken earned a Ph.D. in Economics, an M.Sc. in Economics, and a Master of Agricultural Engineering at the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.