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Laura Bailey

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Papua New Guinea

Laura Bailey started as the World Bank’s country manager for Papua New Guinea in April 2009. Before that, she has worked in Africa and Asia for a wide spectrum of clients – national and international NGOs, bilateral aid agencies, national governments – increasingly focusing on public administration and capacity building, and also doing large project evaluation and design missions.

Laura was born in California, and moved every 2-3 years across the USA and Europe. After finishing an undergraduate degree in public policy and psychology, and a transition break digging Bronze Age relics out of the sand on an archeological site in the Middle East, she spent three years working for an organizational development consulting firm in San Francisco during the technology boom of the mid-1980s. She moved to Boston to take up graduate studies in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and in 1988 began working on development projects in West Africa.