World Bank's Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Dr. Pamela Cox ’75, to Speak at Reed Commencement

Pamela Cox

Dr. Pamela Cox ’75 became the World Bank’s Vice President for the Latin America and the Caribbean Region on January 1, 2005. She is a development economist and has held management positions in various countries and regions since joining the bank in 1980.

From 2000 to 2004,Dr. Cox was Director of Strategy and Operations in the Office of the Vice President for the Africa Region, where she oversaw the increase of World Bank lending to the poorest African countries. Previously, she served as Country Director for South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Swaziland from 1996 to 2000. From 1994 to 1996, she was Chief of the Country Operations Division in East Asia covering Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Korea. She served as Chief of the Agriculture and Environment Operations Division from 1992 to1994 in the same region.

During the early years of her career at the World Bank, Dr. Cox was an economist working on agricultural and environmental issues in the units for South Asia and Latin America. In the Latin America and the Caribbean Region, Ms. Cox was a senior economist in the Agriculture Division (1985–87), where she worked primarily with Brazil.

Dr. Cox holds two masters degrees (master of arts in law and diplomacy and master of arts in development economics/international economics), as well as a PhD in development economics and policy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts. She received her degree in international studies from Reed in 1975. Her thesis was titled “Political Economics: Monetary Integration as an Impetus for Further Unification in the European Economic Community.”