Sophie Naudeau, Early Childhood Development Global Lead, World Bank
Since joining the World Bank in 2005, Sophie worked in the AFR, EAP and MENA regions, as well as in the Children and Youth Unit of the Human Development Network, and she recently returned to Washington after spending three years in the Mozambique country office. Over time, her work focused on analyzing the opportunities and challenges that low-income children and families face across regions; developing and implementing education and multi-sectorial projects that respond to the specific needs of these populations; preparing knowledge products to advance the ECD agenda; and designing impact evaluations of early childhood programs and early literacy activities across a range of low and middle income countries. Prior to joining the World Bank, Sophie coordinated non-governmental programs for refugee children and youth in post conflict societies, including in Bosnia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia. She holds a PhD in Child Development from Tufts University, a M.A. in International Development from Sorbonne University, and a M.A. in Economics and Political Sciences from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences.