Ana Revenga

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Global Economy and Development

Ana Revenga is a nonresident senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution and an adjunct lecturer at the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She also serves on the board of the BBVA Microfinance Foundation and is the President of the Board of ISEAK, a new foundation for the study of social policies based in Bilbao, Spain. Her work at Brookings focuses on policies to mitigate the impact of globalization and technological change on inequality and employment, as well as on the broader agenda of ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Revenga’s professional career has spanned a variety of assignments at the World Bank and at the Spanish Central Bank, as well as teaching assignments at the Centre for Economic and Financial Studies in Madrid and Brown University. She is a member of the COTEC network for innovation in policy in her home country of Spain and a Nonresident Research Associate at the German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE).

In her 27-year career at the World Bank, Revenga worked in a number of senior management and technical positions in East Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Central Asia, Latin America, and Middle East and North Africa regions, as well as in OECD countries. Until December 15, 2017, she was the Deputy Chief Economist at the World Bank Group. Prior to that, she was the Senior Director for the Poverty and Equity Global Practice in charge of all the technical teams working on poverty and equity, and serving as the principal spokesperson for the World Bank Group on these issues. Previously she was Director of Human Development in the Europe and Central Asia Region and Acting Vice President for the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network at the World Bank. In 2011-2012, Revenga was Co-director of the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development. She was also an author of the 1995 World Development Report (Workers in an Integrating World) and contributed to the 2006 World Development Report (Equity and Development).

Revenga has published extensively on employment, globalization, inequality, social protection, poverty, and trade issues in journals such as Scientific American, The Journal of Economic Inequality, The World Bank Research Observer, The World Bank Economic Review, Finance & Development, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Journal of Labor Economics, The Journal of the Japanese and International Economies, and Moneda y Credito.

She has a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Economics from Harvard University, a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Wellesley College, and a Certificate in Human Rights from the Law Faculty at the University of Geneva.

  • Current Positions

    • Adjunct Lecturer, Department of Economics, Brown University
    • Research Associate, German Development Institute/Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
    • Member of the Board, Fundación BBVA
  • Past Positions

    • Deputy Chief Economist, The World Bank
    • Senior Director, Global Poverty & Equity Practice, The World Bank
    • Economist, Oficina de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros, Banco de España
    • Professor of International Economics, Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros
  • Education

    • B.A. Economics and Mathematics, Wellesley College
    • M.A. Economics, Harvard University
    • Ph.D. Economics, Harvard University
    • Certificat en Droits de l’Homme, Faculté de Droit, Université de Genève
  • Languages

    • English
    • Spanish
    • French
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