Ms. Andersen, a Danish national, is Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank, where she is responsible for the Bank’s strategy and operations throughout the region. Prior to her appointment, she served as Vice President of Sustainable Development, where she led the department’s work with developing countries to provide key infrastructure, enhance food security, promote environmental sustainability, develop social accountability, provide support for climate change mitigation and resilience, and support countries in disaster risk management. She has also played a key role in supporting internal reforms and strengthening the Bank’s sectoral leadership.
Ms. Andersen joined the Bank in 1999 and has served the Bank in a range of capacities in the sustainable development sectors, including as Sector Manager and Director in Africa and as Director in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Andersen worked at the United Nations for 12 years, including in UNDP’s Regional Bureau of Arab States and in the United Nations Drought and Desertification Office. While at the UN, Ms. Andersen served on the UN’s three member delegation to the Middle East Multilateral Peace Talks. Ms. Andersen’s country experience is extensive, including five years in Sudan, where she also became a student of Arabic. Ms. Andersen received her Master’s Degree in Development Economics and African Politics from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies.