India’s consecutive success in UN in week! Indian-origin Anita Bhatia takes charge as Deputy-Executive Director of UN-Women

India is making a mark of herself in United Nations with commitment and dedication for the greater good. Now, the veteran in strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, and management, Anita Bhatia has appointed as Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women by UN Chief Antonio Guterres.

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As per the official statement by UN-Women, Anita Bhatia has been appointed the Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women) for Resource Management, Sustainability, and Partnerships.

Bhatia holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Calcutta University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University.

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She has had a renowned career at the World Bank Group, serving in various senior leadership and management positions, both at the headquarters and in the field.

Anita Bhatia had extensive experience in the area of strategic partnerships, resource mobilization, and management. Bhatia served for several years as Director of Global Partnerships for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the World Bank Group’s private sector division.

Veteran Indian diplomat and a gender equality champion Lakshmi Puri had previously served as the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN Women.

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She developed and expanded innovative partnerships with public and private sector partners to support IFC strategy in key areas, including fragile and conflict-affected states, gender equality, financial inclusion, support to women-owned businesses and other priorities critical to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition, Bhatia has served as Director of Development Partner Relations for the World Bank, leading efforts to ensure strategic alignment between institutional priorities and resource mobilization across the group.

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In various positions, she focused on enhancing sustainability, institutional effectiveness and impact through strategic partnerships.

Bhatia has led diverse teams, including as Global Head of Knowledge Management, Head of Business Process Improvement and Head of Change Management. In addition to Latin America, she has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South, and East Asia.


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