Anja is the Gender Coordinator of the World Bank Group’s Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI) Vice Presidency. She focuses on women’s economic empowerment across a range of sectors and topics. Anja’s work includes project design and delivery, conceptualization of learning events, and the creation of cross-cutting knowledge products, taking into account EFI-wide lessons and convening staff to share experiences. Anja has been part of the WBG since 1997 when she joined a team to develop the institution’s Education Sector Strategy. Subsequently, Anja worked in MIGA’s technical assistance (TA) unit, building counterpart capacity to attract foreign direct investment, applying adult-education principles in curriculum design and training delivery. She also developed systematic approaches to monitor results achievement - following a merger of MIGA's TA with IFC, Anja was part of an incubator team that developed and piloted various iterations of an innovative monitoring and evaluation framework, some of which is still applied to IFC’s advisory projects today.
Linda Scott is Emeritus DP World Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Oxford. She works with multinational corporations, international agencies, national governments, and global NGOs designing and testing programs to better include women in the world economy. She founded the Global Business Coalition for Women’s Economic Empowerment, a coalition of 11 major multinationals who work together on women’s economic empowerment. She is currently a WBG gender advisor and was formerly Senior Consulting Fellow to Chatham House, the Royal Institute for International Affairs. Professor Scott was selected as one of the Top 25 Global Thinkers by Prospect magazine in 2015. Professor Scott founded The Power Shift Forum for Women in the World Economy. Linda Scott coined the phrase “Double X Economy” to address the systemic exclusion of women from the world order. Her 2020 book The Double X Economy is being translated into 14 languages and has been recognized as one of the best science books of 2020, as well as one of the best business/economics books.
Noa Gimelli has served at the World Bank Group as both a former Senior Operations Officer for Gender and as a Consultant. During her time at the WBG, she has been responsible for working across units to help advance gender considerations in operations. Among other things, Noa created a foundational platform which enabled broader implementation of gender-sensitive operations, developed tools to improve project impacts and measurement and built relationships to further the women’s economic empowerment agenda. Prior to the WBG, Noa spent nine years at ExxonMobil where she held several positions, including the Director of the Foundation’s Women’s Economic Opportunity Initiative, a $12m annual community investment program, as well as Corporate Citizenship Manager, responsible for guiding corporate engagement on social and environmental impacts and overseeing production of the annual Sustainability Report. Previously, Noa has worked and done research for several think tanks including the Council on Foreign Relations, Catalyst and the World Economic Forum. Noa holds an M.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School and currently serves as Board Chair of Solar Sister.