John Wilson

Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group at The World Bank

John S.Wilson is a Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank. He is also currently a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University. He joined the Bank in 1999 and directs empirical and policy research on technology, trade, aid effectiveness, and regulatory reform. Mr. Wilson also provides expertise in Bank operations and spent two years in the Bank’s Infrastructure Vice Presidency. He has participated in Bank operational projects under preparation and completed totaling over $1.3 billion. Mr. Wilson also provided leadership for the Bank in establishing the inter-agency Standards and Trade Development Facility. Mr. Wilson developed the concept for the Bank’s Trade Facilitation Facility in 2009 and is a member of the Facility’s Program Committee. He co-managed Bank staff input to the G-20 Summit in Seoul on trade, among other policy dialogues recently. Mr. Wilson is developing trade partnerships on assistance to the least developed countries and also projects in the Asia Pacific region. He has led numerous successful initiatives to raise funding from private foundations and public sources to support policy research, analysis, conferences, and other events. Mr. Wilson was previously Vice President for Technology Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington, D.C. and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics. He was also a Senior Staff Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at GeorgetownUniversity. He has degrees from The College of Wooster and Columbia University in New York.