2021 Infrastructure and Public Procurement Week


Tom Barrett

Brookings Institution

Senior Fellow (Non-resident)


Barrett is currently Chairman of the OECD Infrastructure Forum. Until May 2017, he was the Permanent Representative of the European Investment Bank and Minister of the European Union Delegation to the United States. In that capacity, he was co-director of the 2017 Global Infrastructure Forum organized by EIB and IDB on behalf of the World Bank; the African, Asian, and Islamic Development Banks; as well as EBRD, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and The New Development Bank which, together, through their increased collaboration in recent years, have framed the work program and guided the significant progress of the MDBs with Member State organizations including the G-7 and G-20 as well as the U.N. and the OECD, think tanks, and the private sector. Prior to taking up his position in Washington, Barrett had a long career at the European Investment Bank that included leading the substantial scaling up of private sector risk sharing finance for investment in economic infrastructure and innovation. He also led the establishment and chaired the European PPP Expertise Centre, the joint platform, of the EU 28 Member States for the development and implementation of Public Private Partnerships. In recent years, Barrett was EIB Director for Risk Sharing Finance. He also led the integration of the EIB Advisory Services in which capacity he worked closely with the European Commission, Member States, public and private financial institutions, and investors to ensure the dissemination of financial and risk-sharing expertise in support of public policy objectives such as climate change, SDGs, and job creation.

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