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2013 Dr Judith Plummer

Judith’s PhD research considered the impacts of delay on major infrastructure projects such as hydropower projects in developing countries; reflecting on both the apparent economic impacts to the countries concerned, and the less obvious environmental, social and even secondary economic impacts from project delays such as: the stress on communities waiting years to be resettled; the lack of local investment and services; and the disincentive for foreign investment caused by a lack of reliable power supply. The research assessed the adverse impacts of pre-construction delay and considered how they might be avoided, minimized or managed to improve the sustainability of the project outcomes for all stakeholders.  Judith is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales; holds Masters Degrees in International Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University and in Engineering for Sustainable Development from Cambridge. 

In her earlier career, Judith spent fifteen years working at the World Bank considering the issues of infrastructure finance and development particularly in energy and water.   During this time she was part of a team developing the Bank’s response to the World Commission on Dams and shaping the Bank’s new approach to the development of large dams and hydropower projects in developing countries.   This also involved working on carbon finance projects and acting as an adviser on hydropower to the Chicago Climate Exchange.  

Prior to joining the World Bank, Judith worked for PriceWaterhouse Coopers as a consultant in the institutional development of utility companies, looking at the aspects of privatization and commercialization of utilities together with the management and development of new utility infrastructure.  Over the course of her career, Judith has worked in over 35 different countries, improving their energy and water service delivery.  In particular, she has worked with many of the states in India, providing support for reform of the electricity industry including legislation, regulation and restructuring as well as finance for investment. 

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