Agnes Soucat is the Director for Human Development for the African Development Bank, where she is responsible for health, education and social protection for Africa, including 53 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa and the Maghreb. Previously she worked at the World Bank as Lead Economist. She has over 25 years of experience in International Health directly covering more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. She has worked extensively on designing and implementing health financing and human resources for health programs, and pioneered Performance Based Financing in Africa. Agnes was among others the coauthor of the World Development Report 2004 “MAKING SERVICES WORK FOR POOR PEOPLE" as well as a main author of the background reports to the High Level Task Force on Innovative financing (HLTIF. She recently published a book on “The labor market for health Workers in Africa: a new look at the crisis”. Previously she worked for UNAIDS, UNICEF and the European Commission. She holds an MD and a Masters in Nutrition from the University of Nancy in France as well as a Master of Public Health and PhD in Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University. Agnes is a French national.