World Bank Advisory Council on Gender and Development


World Bank Group Gender Senior Director Caren Grown welcomes members of the Advisory Council on Gender and Development at the 2016 Spring Meetings of the World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund.

The World Bank Group's Advisory Council on Gender and Development is the main external consultative body helping the World Bank Group promote gender equality, a prerequisite to our goal of ending extreme poverty and promoting shared prosperity. The Council meets twice a year to consider progress on, and constraints to, gender equality globally, and to provide feedback and advice on the World Bank’s work in this area. Members also collaborate on projects that promote gender and development, and contribute to efforts to raise awareness of gender-related issues and the benefits to societies and economies of improving opportunities for women and girls. 

Since its establishment in 2011, the Council has, through its advice and guidance, helped to strengthen the WBG’s work to close gaps between men and women, and to implement recommendations in the 2012 World Development Report. In December 2015 the World Bank Group adopted a new gender strategy as a roadmap to help increase its contribution toward key results: closing first-generation gaps in education and health; getting to more, better, and inclusive jobs; closing gender gaps in ownership/control over key assets like land and finance; and enhancing women’s voice and agency, especially by preventing and responding to gender-based violence. The World Bank Group looks to the Council for advice in implementing this strategy in the face of global and national challenges, but also in helping identify entry points and opportunities.

The Council is composed of senior government representatives from World Bank client and donor countries, leaders from the private sector and civil society institutions working on economic development and gender equality, and distinguished experts in the fields of economics and gender and development, who have been invited to serve 2-year terms; renewable at the discretion of the Council Chair.





Nina Perpetua Datu Aguas

Chief Executive Officer, The Insular Life Assurance Company Ltd.


Chatib Basri

Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Mandiri Institute


Winnie Byanyima

Executive Director, Oxfam International


Marie-Claude Bibeau

Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Canada


Sergiu Cioclea

Governor, National Bank of Moldova


Tukiya Kankasa-Mabula

Deputy Governor - Administration, Bank of Zambia


Musimbi Kanyoro

President and CEO, Global Fund for Women


Marvi Memon

State Minister and Chairperson of the Benazir Income Support Programme, Pakistan


Zorana Mihajlović

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Serbia


David Miliband

Chief Executive Officer, International Rescue Committee


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Executive Director, UN Women

South Africa

Muhammad Musa

Executive Director, BRAC


Reema Nanavaty

Director, Economic and Rural Organizing, SEWA, India


Antoinette Monsio Sayeh

Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development


Hashim Shawa

Chairman and General Manager, Bank of Palestine

West Bank and Gaza

Ulla Tørnæs

Minister for Development Cooperation, Denmark


José Molinas Vega

Minister of Planning for Economic and Social Development, Paraguay


Melanne Verveer

Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security



Council-Related Inquiries

Washington, DC
Malcolm Ehrenpreis

Mirai Maruo