Anna Bjerde is the Director of Strategy and Operations in the Sustainable Development Vice Presidency of the World Bank. In this position, Ms. Bjerde supports the Vice President in setting strategy and work programs for the World Bank in Sustainable Development, encompassing agriculture, energy, environment, transport, social and urban development and water. The Vice Presidency oversees a portfolio of 1,100 operations for a total value of $144 billion and comprises a workforce of over 2,000 across more than 100 country offices.
Prior to this position, Ms. Bjerde was the Director of Strategy and Operations in the Europe and Central Asia (ECA) Region of the World Bank. In this position, Ms. Bjerde supported the regional Vice President in setting strategy, monitoring operational deliveries to clients, interfacing with internal stakeholders, overseeing the region’s decentralized offices and engaging with partners assisting clients in the region. Ms. Bjerde has also served as the Director of Strategy and Operations in the office of the Managing Director/COO in charge of all lending and sector knowledge at the World Bank. In this position, she provided leadership to the Managing Director/COO in delivering effectively to client countries across the Bank’s six regions, prioritizing on global public goods and ensuring a strong functioning of the matrix of business units that are client facing in the Bank.
Ms. Bjerde was also the Senior Manager in the Africa Sustainable Development Department of the World Bank where she oversaw a lending program of about US$4 billion per year and a portfolio of projects worth $30 billion across all infrastructure, environment and agricultural sectors. She has held various positions in the Bank including Sector Manager for Urban and Social Development in the Middle East and North Africa (MNA) Region, Lead Energy Specialist also in MNA, Senior Infrastructure Specialist in the ECA Region and Manager for the Young Professional Program of the World Bank.
She joined the Bank in 1997 from a private management consulting firm focusing on infrastructure strategy and investment advisory. Anna has Master in Business Administration from the University of Stockholm.