Martha Lawrence | Senior Railway Specialist
The World Bank

Martha Lawrence, Senior Railway Specialist, The World Bank

Ms. Lawrence is the Leader of Railway Solutions at the World Bank and involved in the Bank’s technical assistance and lending programs in China, India and Africa. She has over 30 years of experience in the railway sector, with extensive knowledge in railway restructuring, railway finance and transport regulation. Ms. Lawrence lead the development of the World Bank’s resource on railway reform: “Railway Reform: A Toolkit for Improving Rail Sector Performance” and has recently published reports on China’s High Speed Rail Development and Modern Railways Services in Africa: Building Traffic, Building Value.
Ms Lawrence has prepared business, restructuring and financing plans for railways worldwide and advised private sector investors on over US$8 billion in structured lease financing of transit rolling stock and infrastructure.
She worked ten years on regulatory and antitrust issues, during a period of deregulation and commercialization 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. 
Ms. Lawrence has a B.A. in Economics from Northwestern University and an M.B.A in Finance and Transportation Management from Northwestern University.

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