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Julie McLaughlin

Advisor, Vice President for Human Development

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Julie McLaughlin is the Advisor to the Vice President for Human Development. She has been leading the Human Development Practice Group’s initiative to expand demand for and scale up investments in the early years. She works with the Vice President and the Leadership Team on multiple cross sectoral priorities.

Julie was previously the Manager for the Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Sector in the South Asia Region of the World Bank, managing a portfolio of about US$2 billion in lending and a team of 40 staff based in six country offices and Washington who directly work with the countries of the Region to improve the performance, accountability and impact of their health systems, and to leverage interventions in other sectors which can impact upon HNP outcomes.

A public health specialist who has worked on HNP in Sub-Saharan Africa, South and East Asia and the South Pacific, Julie conducted her Masters and Doctoral studies in Public Health at Johns Hopkins University, and formerly worked as an epidemiologist for NGOs on child health, disease control and nutrition projects in Asia, Africa and Latin America. She has held long term assignments in Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nepal and Indonesia. Since joining the World Bank Group in 1993, her focus has been on health systems, health sector reform and on strengthening approaches to development assistance for health; she was a leader in the move towards Sector-wide Approaches.