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Maitreyi Das

Maitreyi Bordia Das is a leading voice on sustainable development, equity and inclusion, with a career that spans government, academia, the UN system and the World Bank.

In her current role as Practice Manager and Advisor to the Global Director in the Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice of the World Bank, she oversees several flagship programs, including the Global Partnership for Results Based Approaches (formerly, GBOPA) and the Tokyo Development Learning Center. Previously, Maitreyi was the World Bank’s first Global Lead on Social Inclusion. Based in Washington DC, Maitreyi leads a talented group of professionals who work on urban development, resilience and inclusion.

Maitreyi has led and advised several research and policy initiatives in urban development, resilience, water security, health, social protection and social development. She was the lead author of the World Bank report Inclusion Matters: The Foundation for Shared Prosperity, that has influenced global thinking on issues of inclusion. Most recently, she co-chaired a special collection on Healthy Dry Cities for the British Medical Journal and has written and spoken at international events on issues of inequality and exclusion in the provision of infrastructure.

Having started her career as a lecturer in St Stephen's College, University of Delhi, Maitreyi has also been a MacArthur Fellow at the Harvard Center of Population and Development Studies and an advisor to the United Nations Development Program. She has a PhD in Sociology (Demography) from the University of Maryland. In her personal capacity she serves as advisor to several grassroots organizations in her home state of Rajasthan.

Before joining the World Bank, Maitreyi was in the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).