Laura Tuck assumed the position of the World Bank’s Vice President for Sustainable Development on July 1, 2015. In this role, she oversees the work of the Global Practices and thematic groups that bring together the best expertise from across the World Bank Group and from partners, to help countries tackle their most complex challenges in the area of sustainable development. The practices and thematic groups under Ms. Tuck’s responsibility include Agriculture; Climate Change; Environment and Natural Resources; Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience; and Water.
Before taking this position, Ms. Tuck served for close to two years as Vice President for the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) region. During this period, ECA’s lending and advisory services increased substantially, stepping up support for programs and projects aligned with the goals of reducing poverty and increasing shared prosperity.
Ms. Tuck joined the World Bank in 1987 as a Young Professional, and worked initially as an Economist in the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) region and, later, in the ECA region as a Lead Economist in the Chief Economist’s Office, and then as Sector Manager for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Ms. Tuck’s extensive experience in sustainable development includes a decade leading the Bank’s work in this area in two regions. Between 2002 and 2006, she was the Director for Sustainable Development in ECA; from 2006 to 2011, she held the same position in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. She then became Director of Strategy and Operations supporting the Regional Vice President in the MNA, followed by a stint in the same position in ECA.
Before joining the World Bank, Ms. Tuck worked for several consulting firms in the area of agricultural policy, food policy, and food needs assessments. She also served on the faculty of Princeton University as part of a university research project, and worked and lived in Africa between 1980 and 1987.
- MPA in Economics and Public Policy, Princeton University
- BA in Economics, University of California at Davis