Olga Jonas

Olga Jonas

Senior Fellow
Olga

Olga recently joined us as a Senior Fellow at HGHI. Prior to her time here, she was at the World Bank, where she was responsible for coordinating the World Bank Group’s operational response to avian and pandemic flu threats and, together with the UN and others, for monitoring the overall global response since 2006. Among other assignments, she was the lead World Bank author of the joint UN-World Bank progress reports and presented on the global response to five ministerial conferences.  She oversaw the World Bank’s contributions to the global program, which provided $4 billion to developing countries, including for One Health approaches to improve veterinary and human public health systems.  She has also addressed other meetings on managing pandemic risks.
Earlier she was lead economist work on two replenishments of the International Development Association (IDA), which is a part of the World Bank Group, lead economist of the World Bank/Commonwealth task force on small states, coordination of the World Bank’s response to the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, emergency response policy, extractive industries review, and macroeconomic operational work with francophone African countries.
Olga joined the World Bank Group in 1983 through the Young Professionals Program.  Prior to that she held positions at Princeton University, the Bank for International Settlements, and the OECD. She was educated at Williams College and Princeton.