Lucia Hanmer is a Lead Economist in Gender and Development at the World Bank Group. She served previously as senior economic adviser for the Economic Empowerment Section at UN Women and senior economic adviser at the UK's Department for International Development, after serving as Country Representative for the World Bank in Guyana. She was a researcher at the UK's Overseas Development Institute and taught economics at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. Much of her work has been in sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cambridge.