Dr. Margo Thomas

Founder and President, Women's Economic Imperative


Throughout her career spanning more than two decades as a senior official at the world’s premier development organization – the World Bank Group, Margo Thomas, PhD has provided policy advice to over 50 national and sub-national governments.

She served as the IFC Advisory Services Regional Manager for South Eastern Europe, including the Balkans, and led the national and sub-national business enabling environment reform and investment promotion programs. With a Doctoral Degree in Public Policy and Private Sector Development, her areas of focus include trade and competitiveness, women’s economic empowerment, business environment reform, regulatory reform, and investment policy.

In April 2017, Dr. Thomas successfully completed her appointment as the Chief of Secretariat for the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment. In her ongoing role as Founder and CEO of the Women’s Economic Imperative, Dr. Thomas serves as a catalyst for initiatives aimed at increasing opportunities for the economic empowerment of disadvantaged and under-represented groups globally.

As an Associate Fellow at Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Dr. Thomas serves as the Co-Chair of the T20 Task Force on Gender Economic Equity under the Argentine G20 Presidency.