Dr. Karin Millett is an experienced international development expert with broad geographic experience (Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Eastern/Southeastern Europe, and Central Asia) and in-depth experience in private sector development, foreign direct investment, trade, and competitiveness.
She retired as a Director of the World Bank in 2010, following 16 years in senior roles at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency, World Bank Institute, and Joint Africa Institute (joint facility of IMF, World Bank, and African Development Bank) and as head of the Investment Climate Advisory Services Hub (IFC/World Bank) for Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region, based in Vienna, Austria.
Since leaving the World Bank, Ms. Millett’s assignments have included serving as Project Leader for the Regional Partnership to Promote Trade and Investment in Sub-Saharan Africa, funded by the Government of Finland and implemented by the Earth Institute at Columbia University; consultant to the Columbia Sustainable Investment Center on a project in Haiti; World Bank consultant on systematic country diagnostics on Bosnia/Herzegovina and Kosovo; and advisor with Partnership for Transparency Fund (PTF) on increasing transparency and reducing corruption. She worked with PTF on a project to enhance the capacity of civil society organizations in Ukraine to monitor e-procurement, particularly through utilization of data generated through ProZorro, the e-procurement platform in Ukraine.
Ms. Millett holds a post-graduate Diploma in Economics from the University of London and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Denver. Her undergraduate work was completed in Ireland and Germany.
Ms. Millett is a native of Dublin, Ireland and holds dual Irish and U.S. citizenship.