Quentin Wodon

Lead Economist

World Bank Group


Dr. Quentin Wodon is a Lead Economist at the World Bank. Previous roles include managing the unit on faith and development, serving as Lead Poverty Specialist for Africa, and working as an economist for Latin America. His primary focus over the last 20 years has been on policy analysis and dialogue in over 50 countries. Before joining the World Bank, he taught with tenure at the University of Namur. Dr. Wodon also taught at American University and Georgetown University, and is currently a Distinguished Research Affiliate with the University of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute. He has more than 500 publications and his research has been covered by major news outlets. He has served as President of two economics associations and as Associate Editor for journals. Awards include the Prize of Belgium’s Secretary for Foreign Trade, a Fulbright grant, and the Dudley Seers Prize. A lifelong learner, Dr. Wodon holds four PhDs in economics, environmental science, health sciences, and theology and religious studies. Trained in business engineering, Quentin initially worked in brand management for Procter & Gamble. He shifted career to join a non-profit organization working with the extreme poor and has aimed to remain faithful to the cause of ending extreme poverty ever since. Quentin Wodon volunteers on non-profit boards and has served as President of his Rotary club. Married and with two daughters now in college, he tries to remain (barely) fit with occasional marathons and triathlons, finishing towards the end of the pack

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