Global Solutions Summit
Global Technology Deployment Initiative
P80 Group Foundation
Alfred Watkins is currently Chairman of the Global Solutions Summit, Senior Advisor to the Global Technology Deployment Initiative and Senior Director of the P80 Group Foundation.
Prior to assuming these positions, he worked for more than 23 years in various positions at the World Bank and served for more than six years as the World Bank’s Science and Technology Program Coordinator and head of the World Bank’s Science, Technology and Innovation Global Expert Team. In those capacities he was responsible for designing, developing and helping to implement the World Bank’s global STI capacity building programs and for helping to maintain the World Bank’s STI capacity building dialogue with G-8 governments, bilateral donors, foundations, NGOs, and various multilateral and UN agencies. He has extensive field experience in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union. Mr. Watkins helped to design and organize World Bank STI capacity building programs in Africa, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and Central Asia. Mr. Watkins also led the World Bank team that designed and implemented an innovative World Bank non-commercial risk guarantee package for the Sea Launch Commercial Space Launch project in Russia and Ukraine.
Prior to joining the World Bank, Mr. Watkins was an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin and served as an economic advisor to several Members of Congress.