Anita Bhatia was named as Assistant Secretary-General for resource management, sustainability and partnerships and as Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations entity for gender equality and the Empowerment of Women last week.
Bhatia previously worked for the World Bank in several senior leadership and management positions, according to a UN press release. She worked as Director of global partnerships for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. And as Director of development partner relations for the World Bank she led efforts to ensure strategic alignment between institutional priorities and resource mobilization across the World Bank Group.
She was also the Head of IFC’s Latin America Advisory Operations, based in Lima and La Paz, and director of Partnerships and Advisory Operations. In addition to Latin America, she has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South and East Asia. Bhatia has a BA degree in History from Calcutta University, an MA in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University.