Former Lead Economist, Development Research Group, World Bank
John Wilson is a former Lead Economist in the Development Research Group of the World Bank. While at the Bank, Mr. Wilson also served in the Infrastructure Vice Presidency. In addition to directing empirical research and policy projects, he provided expertise on operational lending projects at the Bank around the world. Mr. Wilson has over three decades of experience in international economics, trade, and technology policy issues and strategy. Mr. Wilson developed and directed the establishment of the Standards and Trade Development Facility with other international agencies. He also created the concept for the Bank’s Trade Facilitation Facility. Mr. Wilson co-managed Bank staff input to the G-20 Summit in Seoul on trade and directed the Bank’s engagement on trade and development issues for the United Nations Forth Conference on the Least Developed Countries, among other strategic initiatives and programs. Prior to joining the Bank Mr. Wilson was Vice President for Technology Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington, D.C. He also served as a Senior Staff Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University. Mr. Wilson has also been a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics and a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University. He has degrees from The College of Wooster and Columbia University in New York.