Mark Blackden is currently an independent consultant with clients such as the IFC and World Bank. He recently co-authored "Gender Dimensions of Investment Climate Reform: A Guide for Policymakers and Practitioners". Prior to becoming a consultant, Mark was Regional Gender Coordinator/Lead Specialist for Africa under the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Network (1996-present) at the World Bank. He has more than 25 years wide-ranging World Bank operational experience in Anglophone and Francophone Africa, focusing on public sector management, project development & supervision, poverty analysis, building donor and other partnerships, gender, participation, and design/delivery of learning activities. Mark has worked extensively on initiatives to integrating gender into Poverty-Reduction Strategy Papers (PRSPs). He is the Co-Editor of World Bank publication “Gender, Time Use, and Poverty in SSA” and also co-Author of publication: “Gender and Economic Growth in Uganda – Unleashing the Power of Women,” in 2006.
Mark has received his Master’s degree in International Relations from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C