Francisco Marmolejo

Francisco Marmolejo

Lead Tertiary Education Specialist
The World Bank Group
NAFSA Senior Fellow

Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s global lead of tertiary education, and since July 2016 he also serves as the lead education specialist for India, based in Delhi. In his capacity as the World Bank’s most senior official in tertiary education (also known as higher education in several countries), he serves as the institutional focal point on this topic, and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. Before joining the World Bank in 2012, he served for 18 years as founding executive director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration (CONAHEC), a network of more than 160 tertiary education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as assistant vice president for Western Hemispheric Programs. He has worked as international consultant at the headquarters of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France, and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.