Anne T. Kuriakose

Senior Social Development Specialist

Anne T. Kuriakose, Ph.D. is a development sociologist, with over 25 years of experience in gender and social development, focused on the social dimensions of climate change, local institutional development, and sustainable livelihoods. She is based in Washington D.C., in the World Bank’s South Asia regional department as Senior Social Development Specialist, coordinating gender programming and leading work on the social dimensions of climate change in South Asia. Since joining the Bank in 2005, Anne has led analytical work on labor markets, climate adaptation, and social protection, and worked on operations in local development, irrigation, and forestry. Anne spearheaded the inaugural Gender Program of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), to advance gender-transformative outcomes across the CIF’s USD 8.3 billion portfolio in climate mitigation and adaptation. She also served earlier as Gender Lead for the World Bank Climate Group. Her country experience includes work in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Romania, Tajikistan, Cambodia, Vietnam, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, and Burkina Faso. Prior to joining the Bank, Anne served as an advisor and researcher at international research institutes and NGOs, including the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Land Tenure Center, Oxfam GB, and the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (AKRSP), and was a Fulbright-Hays Scholar at the National Council for Applied Economic Research (NCAER). Anne holds a Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A. from IDS/ University of Sussex; and B.A. from McGill University.