World Bank Group
Global Lead for Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions
Vivien Foster was appointed Global Lead for Energy Economics, Markets & Institutions at the World Bank Group.in 2015. She first joined the Bank in 1999 after working previously as a Managing Consultant of Oxford Economic Research Associates Ltd in the UK, advising private and public sector clients in the water and energy industries in Europe and Latin America. At the Bank, she worked as a Senior Economist for Latin America and Lead Economist for Africa, leading a wide range of analytical, operational and corporate engagements, often cutting across infrastructure sectors. She led the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic, a knowledge program that covered 40 African countries and produced a large suite of influential analytical reports. She was lead author of “Building Bridges,” an innovative analysis of the Chinese role in Africa’s infrastructure development, and “Water, Electricity and the Poor” focusing on the design of tariffs and subsidies to preserve affordability of services to the poor. Foster was also Sector Manager for the Energy Anchor, and subsequently Practice Manager Strategy & Operations for the new Global Practice. She positioned the Bank as a Knowledge Hub for the Sustainable Energy for All initiative developing a program of data-driven flagship global knowledge products, including the Global Tracking Framework and Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy, in collaboration with numerous external agencies. She holds a Doctorate in Economics from University College London.