Advisory Board

Anuja Utz

Anuja Utz is a Senior Operations Officer with over 20 years of experience at the World Bank. She is currently based at the World Bank's office in Sydney, Australia, working on key areas of gender inequality in the Pacific, as well as on education and science and technology issues, particularly in Indonesia.

Between 2009-2013, she worked at the World Bank's multi-partner knowledge sharing platform, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) in Marseille, France, including serving as Deputy Director of the CMI from 2010-12.

In addition, as Program Leader of the Knowledge Economy program at the CMI, she worked on furthering the policy dialogue on knowledge and innovation with various policymakers and stakeholders in the MENA region. In particular, she led a multi-partner team from the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the Islamic Education Scientific and Cultural Organization on the development of a regional report for the Arab world: Transforming Arab Economies: Traveling the Knowledge and Innovation Road (World Bank, 2013) and contributed to the 2013 Global Innovation Index: Local Innovation Dynamics: Examples and Lessons from the Arab World.

Before this assignment, she served as Program Leader and Senior Operations Officer at the Knowledge for Development (K4D) Program at the World Bank Institute, where she managed the design and delivery of a variety of analytical pieces and capacity-building fora on the knowledge economy for high-level policymakers and stakeholders from Africa, East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.

Anuja has authored many books on gender equality and knowledge economy. She has undertaken work on tertiary education, innovation, and competitiveness, as part of the knowledge economy agenda for Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, the Republic of Korea, and Tanzania.

She received both her Master's and Ph.D. degree in Economics from Emory University, USA and a B.A (Hons.) degree from the University of Delhi, India.