Doctor 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 where she variously served as Lead Economist and Advisor to the Director for Human Development for Africa, and Advisor to the Director for Health the World Bank. She has been leading the Health Systems for Outcomes (HSO) program of the Africa Region, a program focused on health systems strengthening to reach the MDGs.
Dr. Soucat has over 25 years of experience in International Health directly covering more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe. She is a public sector and public finance specialist and has worked extensively on designing and implementing Community Based Financing programs, Poverty Reduction Strategies, Social Services Decentralization, and Performance Based Financing. She has been responsible for multi-sectoral and results based budget support programs covering sectors such as agriculture, education, health, water, energy etc, and focusing on reaching the MDGs in several countries, particularly Rwanda.
Agnes was among others the coauthor of the PRSP toolkit and 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 was also a member of the Global expert Team on Health Systems of the World Bank. Before joining the Bank 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 Ph.D in Health Economics from the Johns Hopkins University. Agnes is a French national.