Caroline Kende-Robb is the former Executive Director of the Africa Progress Panel. Prior to joining the Africa Progress Panel, Caroline worked at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund for 16 years as a senior manager and technical expert in the regions of Africa, Europe and Central Asia, and East Asia and the Pacific.
At the World Bank, Caroline led teams of technical experts to implement World Bank loans and grants and conducted policy research on a range of global issues including the links between macroeconomic policies and poverty outcomes, conflict and fragility, climate change, social justice, and financial crises. At the International Monetary Fund, Caroline was the first Poverty and Social Development Advisor recruited by the Fund to manage the introduction of a poverty and social perspective into their macroeconomic programs and policy dialogue.
Caroline began her career in 1983 where she spent five years as a manager in the private sector. From 1989 – 1993, she lived in The Gambia. She initially worked for the European Union and The Gambian Government as a Business and Community Development Advisor for Voluntary Service Overseas. In this role, Caroline worked on an artisanal fisheries development project and was based in a small village along the Atlantic coast. She then worked as the West Africa Field Director for Africa Now, a civil society organization. Caroline later joined the UNDP in The Gambia as Poverty Alleviation Focal Point.
Caroline is a Non-Executive Director for Mara Social Media. She is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils, previously on Africa and currently on Justice. She is an Advisor for CAMFED, a civil society organization focused on the education of girls in Africa, and an Ambassador for Protect African Lions. Caroline is the author of many publications including, “Can the Poor Influence Policy?” a book co-published by the World Bank and the IMF. She holds a BA (Hons) in Geography and MSc in Social Policy from the London School of Economics.
Caroline has joined the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, as the Chief Advisor.