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Margaret Thalwitz holds an MA in Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Economics from the German Development Institute. She has extensive experience gained in positions as country economist, and project and sector manager, at the World Bank with a regional concentration in Africa, Eastern and South East Europe, Russia and the CIS, and South Asia. Ms. Thalwitz was the first Director of the World Bank's Global Programs and Partnerships Department.
After leaving the Bank she became a visiting fellow at Oxford University and the German Development Institute and is currently a Senior Expert Fellow with the Centre for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Essen-Duisburg. She has been a consultant to the World Bank, UNICEF, and the German Government. She joined ICARDA's Board of Trustees in October 2012 and was selected Chair in November 2015.