Mercy Niwe

Global Faith Engagement Lead, External and Corporate Relations, World Bank Group

Mercy Niwe currently serves as the Lead of Global Faith Engagement at the World Bank Group. In this role, she leads the institution’s engagement with global faith actors and is focused on fostering strategic collaboration and partnerships based on shared values and priorities. Mercy formerly served as a Senior Program Manager in economic development at World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. As an economist with World Vision, Mercy provided leadership and technical assistance to a multimillion-dollar portfolio of economic development programs in Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Mercy has diverse experience in international development with proven skills in developing complex strategic plans with successful implementation that aligns with addressing root causes of poverty. Mercy’s expertise includes finance and program management; policy design and advocacy; managing diverse partnerships; and integrating behavioral change approaches into market systems. A native Ugandan and now naturalized American, Mercy has strong external orientation and focused partnership with faith-based organizations to contribute to the financial and social economies of vulnerable communities to end extreme poverty. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Mathematics, and Statistics, and a Master’s degree in Economic Policy and Management, both from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, and is a recipient of the Joint Japan/World Bank Graduate Scholarship. Mercy is currently pursuing an Executive MA in Global Affairs and Policy at the Thunderbird Management School.