Priya Basu

Executive Head, The Pandemic Fund Secretariat

Priya Basu is the Executive Head of the recently established Pandemic Fund hosted by the World Bank. Prior to this, Priya served as head of the COVID-19 task force secretariat at the World Bank and led the Bank’s engagement on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response in global fora, including the G20 and G7 - coordinating across finance and health. In previous roles, she managed a $21bn portfolio of multilateral funds for development priorities, including health, climate, and gender, administered by the Bank and served as the Bank’s lead financial economist for India. With a career in development finance spanning three decades, Priya brings a depth and breadth of experience in country operations across world regions, resource mobilization, and leading and driving large and complex multi-stakeholder initiatives and multilateral agreements to support global public goods. Priya holds M.Sc./postgraduate degrees in development economics from Oxford University, U.K.