Speaker Details

Martha Lawrence

Leader, Railways Community of Practice, World Bank Group

Martha has over 30 years’ experience in the railway sector, with extensive knowledge in restructuring, finance and transport regulation. Martha led the development of the World Bank’s resource on railway reform: Railway Reform: A Toolkit for Improving Rail Sector Performance, and is also a team leader for the Bank’s technical assistance and lending programs in China and India. Before joining World Bank, Martha was MD of Harral Winner Thompson Sharp Lawrence, Inc., where she prepared restructuring and financing plans and advised private sector investors on over US$8 billion in the structured lease financing of transit rolling stock and infrastructure. Martha spent ten years on regulatory and anti-trust issues, during a period of deregulation and commercialisation in the US rail industry. She has developed costing and pricing systems for railways in the US, Tunisia, Zimbabwe and Brazil and financial models/business plans for railways worldwide. Martha has a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A in Finance and Transportation Management from Northwestern University.