Sophie Naudeau is a Senior Education Specialist in the Africa region at the World Bank. In this capacity, she is primarily responsible for leading the policy dialogue on the education portfolio in Mozambique, including on Early Childhood Development (ECD). Since joining the World Bank in 2005, Sophie worked in the EAP (East Asia and Pacific) and MENA (Middle-East and North Africa) regions, as well as in the Children and Youth Unit of the Human Development Network. During these years, her work focused on analyzing the opportunities and challenges that low-income children and youth face across regions, developing tools and implementing projects that respond to the specific needs of these populations, and designing impact evaluations of early childhood programs. Prior to joining the Bank, Sophie coordinated programs for refugee children and youth in post conflict societies, including in Bosnia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Cambodia.
Naudeau received an M.A. in Economics and International Development from the Paris Institute of Political Sciences and a Ph.D. in Child Development from Tufts University.