Speaker Bio & Abstract

Keynote AddressAnna Wellenstein Director, Strategy and Operations
The World Bank

BiographyAnna is a key member of the World Banks Social, Urban, Rural and Resilience Global Practice senior management team that sets strategy for analytics and financing in areas such as disaster risk reduction, urban renovation, and geospatial technology. She also oversees partnerships with bilateral, UN, and regional organizations. Anna has over 20 years of experience in urban development. Shes led efforts to design and finance investments, facilitate policy reforms and build capacity to help developing countries reduce poverty and boost equity. Anna has been responsible for technical oversight of new projects financed by the Bank, the portfolio quality of ongoing projects, and setting sector and country strategies. Anna oversees $25 billion in lending to developing countries in over 200 projects, 325 studies and technical assistance projects. Shes developed strong partnerships with governments in countries ranging from large middle income to small island states as well as development agencies and academia.AbstractPower of Geospatial Knowledge: Building Sustainable Economies