Advisory Board

Anuja Utz

Anuja Utz is a Senior Operations Officer 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, science and technology issues, particularly in Indonesia.

Utz has over 20 years of experience. 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 2010-2012.

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 titled “Transforming Arab Economies: Traveling the Knowledge and Innovation Road” (The World Bank, 2013) and contributed to the “2013 Global Innovation Index: Local Innovation Dynamics: Examples and Lessons from the Arab World.”

Before this assignment, Utz 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.

She has authored many books on gender equality and knowledge economy and 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. degrees in Economics from Emory University, USA and a B.A (Hons.) degree from the University of Delhi, India.