Indian-origin Anita Bhatia has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the Deputy Executive Director in the global body’s agency focussed on women empowerment and gender equality. Bhatia will take on the new role in the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women for Resource Management, Sustainability and Partnerships.
Bhatia brings extensive experience in the area of strategic partnerships, resource mobilisation and management.
With a Bachelors degree in History from Kolkatta University and a Masters in Political Science from Yale University and a Juris Doctor in Law from Georgetown University, 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. She has had a distinguished career at the World Bank Group, serving in various senior leadership and management positions, both at the headquarters and in the field.
With an illustrious career, Bhatia 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 ,
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 mobilisation across the group.
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.
On May 24, Lieutenant General Shailesh Tinaikar, another person of Indian origin, was appointed as the new Force Commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan. Veteran Indian diplomat Lakshmi Puri had previously served as the Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Women