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Anupa Pant has worked 11 years in private sector development covering the wider aspects of climate smart agribusiness, climate change adaptation, early stage financing, value chain promotion, and gender and social inclusion.Currently, Anupa has been working in the field of entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) development as part of the global agribusiness team, with a focus on building the capacity of agribusiness SMEs on technicalities of business, industry expertise, governance, and environmental & social standards to help them become investible. Prior to joining World Bank Group, she worked as a Sub Sector Advisor at GIZ and as a Relationship Manager at Nepal Investment Bank. Also a business educator, Anupa taught Fundamentals of Marketing at Undergraduate level. She holds a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from Central Michigan University, USA and a Master’s in Business Administration from Kathmandu University, Nepal.
Natalia Agapitova is a Senior Economist at the World Bank. She joined the World Bank Group in 2002 after spending three years working for a Russian investment company in the midst of the financial crisis, and working. Natalia has 20 years of operational experience in private sector development, education, and governance in 37 countries across five regions. At the World Bank, she has covered operational and analytical aspects of the innovation agenda. She has worked across sectors spanning from private sector development, education and skills, governance and service delivery. She also managed the Global Development Marketplace Program since 2012. Natalia has firsthand expertise in private sector development, results-based management, learning design, crowdsourcing, and a wide range of tools supporting organizational innovation. She has a Doctorate in Economics, specialized in the role of innovation and private sector for inclusive and sustainable development.