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Laura Tuck

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Vice President, Sustainable Development
Laura Tuck assumed the position of World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development on July 1, 2015. In this role, she oversees the work of the Global Practices that bring together the best expertise from across the World Bank Group, and from partners, to help countries tackle their most complex challenges in the area of sustainable development. The practices under her responsibility include Agriculture; Energy and Extractives; Environment and Natural Resources; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; Transport and ICT; and Water.

Before taking this position, Ms. Tuck served for close to two years as Vice President for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. During this period, ECA’s lending and advisory services increased substantially, stepping up support for programs and projects aligned with the goals of reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity. Laura Tuck was appointed as the World Bank’s Vice President for Europe and Central Asia (ECA) on Sept. 24, 2013, after serving for three months as Acting ECA Vice President.

Prior to her current position, she served for six months as the Director for Strategy and Operations in ECA and held that same position from September 2011 until February 2012 in the Middle East and North Africa Region. Ms. Tuck was the Director for Sustainable Development in Latin America for six years from 2006-2011, where she was responsible for environment and natural resources, agriculture and rural development, energy, transport, water supply and sanitation, hazard risk management, urban development and social development.

From 2002-2006, she was the Director for Sustainable Development in ECA, where she had previously served as Sector Manager for Agriculture and Rural Development and Lead Economist in the Region’s Chief Economist’s Office. Ms. Tuck joined the World Bank in 1987 as a Young Professional and worked as an economist in the Middle East and North Africa region before moving to ECA in 1994.

Before joining the World Bank, she worked for several consulting firms in the area of agricultural policy, food policy and food needs assessments. She also served on the faculty of Princeton University as part of a university research project. Ms. Tuck worked and lived in Africa between 1980 and 1987.

Ms. Tuck has an MPA from Princeton University in Economics and Public Policy and a BA from the University of California at Davis in Economics. She is married and has two grown children.