Transition Assistance Practice Group /

Betty Wilkinson

Betty is Senior Advisor and former Chief Executive Officer of Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Zambia, a non-profit corporation developed to expand and deepen financial inclusion and to address financial sector reform issues. Ms. Wilkinson has over 30 years of professional experience in the development assistance field worldwide, including as a leading multilateral bank manager, policy advisor, field researcher, and senior government official in the finance and planning ministry of a recipient country. With expertise in the fields of finance, financial sector reform and private sector development, and gender, she has worked in emergency environments and in transition situations in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, and Tajikistan among others.

From 2003 to 2015 Ms Wilkinson was Senior Manager and official at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). From 2012 to 2015 she was sector director for finance, public management, trade, private sector, social protection, education and health for the Central Asia group, incorporating Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. She led Departmental and ADB-wide teams in financial sector reform and innovation, MSME development, gender, and human resources improvement in various countries such as the People’s Republic of China, Mongolia, and the Central Asia group. Prior to joining the ADB, she worked as Associate Director at the Centre for Institutional Reform and the Informal Sector (IRIS) at the University of Maryland, including as resident Director in Nepal and Zambia. At IRIS Ms. Wilkinson led major worldwide initiatives to develop model frameworks of small enterprise, agribusiness, and finance legislation. She developed key policy enhancement initiatives in countries such as Angola, China, Nepal, Russia, and South Africa.

Ms. Wilkinson engages globally with ministers, central bank governors, industry representatives, and leaders of development agencies, NGOs, think tanks, and communities to facilitate evidence-based innovation and change. She holds a BA in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara and an MS (abd) in Agricultural Economics from Cornell University.