Former Vice President,
Middle East and North Africa
Ms. Andersen, a Danish national, was the Vice President of the Middle East and North Africa at the World Bank from October 2011 and until December 2014, where she was 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 Bank’s work with developing countries to provide sectoral leadership in agriculture, water, environment, climate change, and infrastructure.
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, Director in Africa, and as Director in the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to joining the Bank, Ms. Andersen worked at the United Nations for 12 years, including at the UNDP’s Regional Bureau of Arab States and at the United Nations Drought and Desertification Office. 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.