Meredith Walker is XPRIZE Global Economist and Head of Prize Advancement. She activates a worldwide network of generous, visionary business and government leaders to provide the multi-million-dollar prize purses that incentivize teams to focus extraordinary efforts toward breakthrough solutions for humanity. A public speaker and published author, she delivers positive, proactive messages on economic growth, transformational technologies and entrepreneurial, market-driven, cross-sector solutions to global problems in security, sustainability and resilience.
Ms. Walker comes to the XPRIZE Foundation with over 25 years of experience conducting economic research on global issues and building international relationships to deliver innovative results. Prior to joining XPRIZE, she served as Chief Economist for EarthX, an international environmental forum, and led fundraising efforts for multiple non-profit organizations. She began her career as an economist at the Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas and New York and international business consultant.
Ms. Walker is a member of the National Association for Business Economics and Fellow at the SMU Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity. She serves on the Board of Councilors for the EastWest Institute and is a member of Business Executives for National Security, the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Board of Directors Alumni and the Frontiers of Flight Museum Leadership Council. She is the America’s Future Series Advisory Board Co-Chair and Megellas Award Trustee.
Ms. Walker completed her MS in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and held a Chinese language and area studies fellowship. She holds a BA from The University of Texas at Austin Plan II liberal arts honors program with a double major in Economics, minors in Asian Studies and French, and interned at the Pentagon and State Department Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Office of the Assistant Secretary. She is committed to international bridge-building for a better, safer world.