Katherine Marshall

Katherine Marshall  

Katherine Marshall is a Senior Fellow at Georgetown University's Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs, and Visiting Professor in the Government Department and the School of Foreign Service. She is also Executive Director of the World Faiths Development Dialogue (WFDD). Her current work focuses on the intersection of development and religion, both knowledge and policy dimensions. She leads the Berkley Center's work on faith inspired institutions working in development, which involves regional background papers and consultations with academics and practitioners, and a series of reviews of specific development topics (HIV/AIDS, gender, shelter). WFDD works to build partnerships among development and faith communities.

Ms. Marshall's background is as a leader and practitioner on international development. She has close to four decades of experience on development issues, in Africa, Latin America, East Asia, and the Middle East, with a focus on issues facing the world's poorest countries. Her long career with the World Bank (1971-2006) involved a wide range of leadership assignments, and she has led the World Bank's faith and ethics work since 2000. She continues as a senior advisor to the World Bank.
Ms. Marshall graduated from Wellesley College and has an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. She is the author of several books about religion and development, the most recent (co-authored with Marisa Van Saanen) Development and Faith: Where Mind, Heart and Soul work Together (World Bank, 2007). She also has written extensively on international development, with her most recent book The World Bank: from Reconstruction to Development to Equity (Routledge, 2008).

Ms. Marshall is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a Trustee of Princeton University. She has been part of the Council of 100, a World Economic Forum Initiative to advance understanding between the Islamic World and the West. She is a board member of IDEA (International Development Ethics Association) and advisor to several non-governmental organizations, including CARE. She is a visiting professor at the University of Cambodia.

Ms. Marshall's daughter served in the Peace Corps in Guinea and attends the University of Chicago medical school; her son is a high school student in Washington DC.