Deepak Mishra is a Lead Economist at the World Bank and the Co-director for the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends. Prior to this appointment, he was the Lead Economist for the East Asia and Pacific region, overseeing the work on economic policy and management. He has served as a Country Economist for Ethiopia, India, Pakistan, Sudan, and Vietnam, leading the Bank’s policy and analytical work on economic issues in these countries. His research interests include economic growth, international trade, currency crises, foreign investment and sectoral transformation of economies. His research has been published in scholarly journals including the Journal of International Economics and Journal of Development Economics as well as in collected volumes.
Mishra, an Indian national, joined the World Bank in February 1999 as an Economist in Washington D.C., where his main responsibilities included providing policy advice on fiscal and debt management issues, designing country monitoring systems, contributing and reviewing Bank reports and coordinating the ‘managing volatility’ thematic group.
In January 2001 Mishra was named the Economist, and in 2003 the Senior Economist, for South Asia Region— initially based in New Delhi and later in Washington D.C. —where he worked on country strategy development and adjustment lending programs in India and Pakistan.
In December 2007 he became the Lead Economist for Africa Region and was based in the field office for a period two and half years, overseeing much of the Bank’s economic analysis in Ethiopia and Sudan.
Mishra holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. Prior to joining the World Bank, Deepak taught macroeconomics and international finance as an adjunct lecturer and teaching assistant at the University of Maryland (USA) and worked as a research analyst for Tata Motors (India). He also worked as an intern at the U.S. Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C in 1997.
Rooted in humble beginnings, Trent grew up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe. Trent did not have the opportunity to go to school. Undeterred, she still dreamed of an education and determinedly taught herself to read and write from her brother’s schoolbooks. Despite being married young and having three children by the time she was eighteen, she never lost sight of her dreams.
Trent met a woman who would profoundly impact her life: Jo Luck, president and CEO of Heifer International. She told Trent, “If you believe in your dreams, they are achievable.”
In 1998, she moved to Oklahoma with her family. Three years later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. In 2003 Trent earned her master’s degree. In December 2009, she earned her doctorate from Western Michigan University; her thesis looked at HIV/AIDS prevention programs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.
Currently an adjunct professor in Monitoring & Evaluation in Global Health at Drexel University, School of Public Health, Trent is a senior consultant with more than 18 years of international experience in program and policy evaluation, and has worked on five continents for major humanitarian organizations. As a fellow at the Center of AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at UC San Francisco, Trent conducted research on HIV prevention in Sub Saharan Africa with a special focus on women and girls.
Her life story was featured in the book Half the Sky, by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and Trent appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Oprah named Trent her “All-Time Favorite Guest” and received a $1.5 million donation to rebuild her childhood elementary school in recognition of her tenacity and never-give-up attitude. With the firm belief that education is the pathway out of poverty and a desire to give back to her community, Trent founded Tererai Trent International.
Trent’s new picture book, The Girl Who Buried Her Dreams in a Can (Viking Books), is based on her story of perseverance.