Lúcia José Nhampossa joined the World Bank in 2015 as an Education Specialist in the Mozambique Country Office. She has since led and supported Bank operations and analytical work in education and human development in fragile contexts, including Mozambique and Sudan. She also contributes to the Bank’s work on the Women’s and Girls Empowerment (WGE) Agenda through her active participation in the Africa Region Human Development and WGE team, supporting policy dialogue and analytical work.
Her main contribution on operations includes leading the Improving Learning and Empowering Girls in Mozambique Project (MozLearning), focused on improving learning foundation and supporting girls’ retention in secondary education, co-leading the Human Capital Project for northern Mozambique, and supporting the implementation of the MozSkills Project, covering higher education and TVET, as well as supporting the design and implementation of basic education projects in Sudan.
Before joining the Bank, she worked for the Canadian Cooperation Office in Mozambique as an education advisor supporting Canada’s engagement in basic education, technical and vocational training, and gender issues. She has also worked with the Italian Cooperation as an economist of the General Budget Support Program responsible for social sectors, including education and health.
Lúcia is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) and has acted as a D&I representative in the World Bank Mozambique Country Office and supported awareness raising on D&I matters. She holds an honor degree in economics from Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique and a postgraduation in education finance, planning and economics from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.