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John S. Wilson

Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank

John S.Wilson is a Lead Economist in the Development Economics Research Group of the World Bank.  He is also currently a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University.  He joined the Bank in 1999 and directs empirical and policy research on trade facilitation, aid effectiveness, and regulatory reform issues, as they relate to economic development.  Mr. Wilson also provides expertise in Bank operations and spent two years in the Bank’s Infrastructure Vice Presidency. He has participated in Bank operational projects under preparation and completed totaling over $1.3 billion. Mr. Wilson also provided leadership for the Bank in the establishment of the inter-agency Standards and Trade Development Facility. He also developed the initial concept for the Bank’s Trade Facilitation Facility in 2009 and is a member of the Facility’s Program Committee.  He co-managed input to the G-20 Summit in Seoul on trade for the World Bank staff, among other policy dialogues recently.  Mr. Wilson has also directed work on trade facilitation, standards, and transparency related to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) agenda since 1995.

Mr. Wilson was previously Vice President for Technology Policy at the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington, D.C. and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics.  He was also a Senior Staff Officer at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council and Adjunct Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University.  He has degrees from The College of Wooster and Columbia University in New York.