Director and Special Representative WDR 2011
NIGEL ROBERTS has worked in international development for most of the last 40 years, spending much of this time in the field.
Between 1968 and 1978 he worked for various development NGOs, in particular VSO (in Thailand), the Britain-Nepal Medical Trust and Save the Children Fund (in Nepal), and as a journalist (in Hong Kong). Nigel joined the World Bank in 1981 as an agricultural economist. Before co-directing the WDR team he was for almost 20 years a field-based Bank Country Manager and then Country Director for the Bank (Nepal, Ethiopia, West Bank and Gaza, Sydney/Pacific).
Nigel has an MA in English Literature from Oxford and an MPhil in Agricultural Economics from Reading University, UK. He was a postgraduate research Fellow in Development Economics at Queen Elizabeth House, Oxford, in 1992-3.