Penelope Lewis is Head of the Global Foundations Program at the World Bank. She is tasked with strengthening and expanding relations between the World Bank and foundations around the world. The program develops and supports partnerships with the philanthropic community across areas ranging from early childhood development to financial inclusion to women’s empowerment to environmental sustainability. These partnerships are designed to create impact around the World Bank’s Group’s newly defined goals of ending poverty and building shared prosperity for the bottom 40% of the population in every country by 2030.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group in 2011, Penelope founded and directed a global communications consultancy, and worked closely with leading development actors, including civil society organizations, foundations and United Nations agencies. Previously, she worked for the World Food Programme and subsequently for UNICEF as communications advisor, both in headquarters and in postings in Africa and the Balkans. During this time, she was the lead spokesperson in several humanitarian crises, including Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Kosovo, and Honduras.
Penelope was originally trained as a journalist with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and began her career as a reporter with the BBC World Service. She has a Masters and BA in history from Cambridge University, UK.and workshops across the world and online.