Indian-Origin Anita Bhatia Named UN Women’s Deputy Executive Director

Anita Bhatia

Anita Bhatia is known as a veteran in strategic partnerships, resource mobilisation and management, and now has been offered the post of Deputy Executive Director in the global body’s agency by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. She will be heading a team working on women empowerment and gender equality, a statement from the UN Spokesperson’s Office and UN Women said on Thursday. Her main agenda will be to eradicate gender based stereotypes.

According to PTI, the veteran Indian-origin diplomat completed her Bachelor of Arts in History from Calcutta University, also holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University. Her basic work will be focused on bringing the matter of gender equality and empowerment in the forefront under Women (UN-Women) for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships.

Who is Anita Bhatia?

Prior to joining the group of UN Women, she worked at the World Bank Group, serving in various senior leadership and management positions, both at the headquarters and in the field. She was appointed director, development partner relations in May 2014. Bhatia brings an extensive experience in the area of strategic partnerships, resource mobilisation and management on to the table where she will be able to magnify the work of women and various sectors respectively.

As per a UN-Women press release, Bhatia has served and “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 attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.”

She had also headed a team at the IFC as a Director of Global Partnership working with public and private sector partners to support the Corporation’s strategy in key areas like conflict-affected states and financial inclusion. Her job also included as support to women-owned businesses. Earlier, she oversaw financial management, risk management, portfolio management, knowledge management and learning for Advisory Services while the Director of Partnerships and Advisory Operations, She has also headed the IFC’s Latin America Advisory Operations based in Lima, Peru, and La Paz, Bolivia, and has worked in Africa, Europe, Central Asia and South, and East Asia.

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