Margret Thalwitz is a senior expert fellow with the Center for Global Cooperation Research at the University of Essen-Duisburg. She is also a consultant to the World Bank, UNICEF, and the German government. She joined ICARDA’s Board in October 2012.
Previously, she was an economist and project manager for the World Bank. Her regional focus included Africa, Eastern and Southeast Europe, Russia and the CIS, and South Asia. Thalwitz was the first director of the World Bank's Global Programs and Partnerships Department. After leaving the World Bank, she was a visiting fellow at Oxford University and the German Development Institute.
Thalwitz holds a master’s degree in economics and a post-graduate diploma in development economics from the German Development Institute.