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Martha Lawrence

Global Lead for Railways, World Bank

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Martha Lawrence has over 40 years of experience in the railway sector, with extensive knowledge in railway restructuring, railway finance, and transport regulation. She had been a team leader and technical expert for the World Bank’s railway lending and technical assistance programs in China, Europe, Central Asia, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa. 


Ms. Lawrence led the development of the World Bank’s resource on railway reform “Railway Reform: Toolkit for Improving Rail Sector Performance.” She is an author of numerous reports on railways including “Railways in Developing Countries: A Global Review,” “Modern Railway Services in Africa: Building Traffic—Building Value”, “China’s High Speed Rail Development”, and “Attracting Capital for Rail Development in China”. Her most recent publications “The Role of Rail in Decarbonizing Transport” and “Unlocking Green Logistics for Development” focus on the climate impacts of transport and how rail can contribute to reducing them.