Former Chairman of the Board
Former WB country director, Georgia
Roy Southworth is a co-founder of the McLain Association for Children (MAC) and an economist, who is currently retired after a 30 year career with the World Bank. Prior to becoming involved with MAC, he was the country manager for the World Bank office in Georgia. He has also been involved with numerous other assignments with the World Bank and other organizations in Africa, Europe, and Asia. His interests for MAS include advocacy, capacity building, and micro-financing.
Mr. Southworth has had a long career in the Bank, joining in 1979 as an agricultural economist, and has worked throughout Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He completed field assignments in Tanzania and Croatia before coming to Georgia in January 2004. Mr. Southworth graduated with High Honors from Washington State University with a BA in Economics. After a stint in Peace Corps in Ethiopia he attended Stanford University where he earned a PhD from the Food Research Institute. Mr. Southworth has extensive experience in the development, implementation and evaluation of investment operations in agriculture and rural development. Since 2001 he has been working on country operations and management of field offices in the Europe and Central Asia Region.