Francisco Marmolejo

Lead Economist
World Bank Group

Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead of its Global Solutions Group on Tertiary Education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the Lead Education Specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education, he serves as the institutional focal point on the topic of tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he coordinates the Bank’s internal thematic group on tertiary education, which helps to facilitate exchange of ideas among the more than 100 staff members and consultants involved in related initiatives across the globe. In India he provides technical expertise on a variety of educational projects ranging from early childhood to tertiary education.
Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 higher education institutions primarily in Canada, the US and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona, where he also worked as Assistant Vice President for Western Hemispheric Programs. He had also been an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, as well as Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico.