Barbara Bruns

Lead Education Economist, Latin America and the Caribbean Region, World Bank Group

Barbara Bruns is lead economist responsible for education in the Latin America and the Caribbean Region of the World Bank. She is lead author of a new book on teacher quality in Latin America, Great Teachers: How to raise student learning in Latin America and the Caribbean (July 2014). She is also lead author of the book Achieving World Class Education in Brazil: the Next Agenda, with David Evans and Javier Luque (2011), published in Portuguese in 2012. She co-authored Making Schools Work: New Evidence on Accountability Reforms (with Deon Filmer and Harry Patrinos, 2011), which reviewed the latest global research evidence in this area.

Before joining the World Bank’s Latin America region in 2009, Barbara was the first manager of the $14 million Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund (SIEF) at the World Bank, co-authored the World Bank/IMF MDG Global Monitoring Reports of 2005, 2006 and 2007, served on the Education Task force appointed by the UN Secretary General in 2003, co-authored the book A Chance for Every Child: Achieving Universal Primary Education by 2015, and headed the Secretariat of the global Education for All Fast Track Initiative (EFA FTI) from 2002 to 2004.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Barbara was a staff economist on the US Senate Banking Committee and legislative assistant to Senator Adlai Stevenson III. She holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Chicago.