Vivien Foster

Manager, Energy Department, World Bank

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Vivien Foster, global lead for Energy Economics, Markets and Institutions for the World Bank Group’s Energy and Extractives Global Practice, joined the World Bank in 1999 as a Young Professional. She has worked as a senior economist in the Latin America region and lead economist in the Africa region, leading a wide range of analytical, operational and corporate engagements, often cutting across infrastructure sectors and working on the macroeconomic and fiscal interface.

In particular, she led the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic, a path-breaking 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, as well as “Water, Electricity and the Poor” focusing on the design of tariffs and subsidies to preserve affordability of services to the poor.

A British national, Foster holds a Doctorate in Economics from University College London.

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