Francisco Marmolejo

Tertiary Education Coordinator and Lead Tertiary Education Specialist of The World Bank


United States of America
Francisco Marmolejo is the World Bank’s Lead Tertiary Education Specialist and Coordinator of its Network of Higher Education Specialists. He serves as the World Bank’s focal point on the topic of higher education, and provides advice and support to country-level related projects that the Bank has in more than 60 countries. As part of his activities, he serves as coordinator of the internal thematic group on higher education, which helps to facilitate exchange of ideas among the more than 100 Bank’s staff members and consultants involved in higher education initiatives across the globe. Previously, he served as founding Executive Director of the Consortium for North American Higher Education Collaboration, a network of more than 160 higher education institutions primarily from Canada, the U.S. and Mexico, based at the University of Arizona (UA), where he also worked as Assistant Vice President. At UA, he was Affiliated Researcher at the Center for the Study of Higher Education and Affiliate Faculty at the Center for Latin American Studies. Previously, he was an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at the University of Massachusetts, and also he has been Vice President for Administration and Academic Vice President at the University of the Americas in Mexico. He has served as International Consultant at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), and has been part of OECD and World Bank peer review higher education teams in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. He serves or has served on advisory boards at a variety of universities and organizations, including the International Association of Universities, the American Council on Education, NAFSA, World Education Services, and the Centre for Internationalisation of Higher Education at UNICATT-Milan. He holds an MA from the Autonomous University of San Luis Potosí (UASLP), and has conducted doctoral work at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).