Lead Health Specialist, World Bank
Akiko Maeda is a Japanese-Canadian health economist with 25 years of experience in international development. Akiko has held various technical and managerial positions at the World Bank, OECD, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF and UNDP, and was involved with policy analyses and investment programs on a wide range of topics, including: girls’ literacy and immunization in low income countries such as Yemen and Cambodia; health insurance regulation and fiscal policy analysis in middle income countries such as Egypt and Slovenia; and health workforce skills assessment for high income OECD countries. More recently, she led the World Bank’s global program on Universal Health Coverage as well as OECD’s program on health labor market analysis and has published widely on these subjects. Akiko has a PhD in Health Economics from Johns Hopkins University; MA in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology from Harvard University.