Anna Akhalkatsi is the World Bank Country Manager for Moldova based in Chisinau. She oversees the World Bank’s program in the country and leads policy dialogue with government counterparts, civil society and other partners.
Anna joined the World Bank in 1999 as economist in Tbilisi, Georgia. She then became IFC’s country representative for Georgia before moving to Washington DC where she worked on strategy and private sector development, small business finance and firm capability, value chains and agribusiness issues. Her most recent assignment was the Regional Lead for IFC’s Cross-Cutting Advisory in the Latin America and Caribbean region.
Before joining the World Bank Group, Anna worked at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Parliament of Georgia, and did private sector consulting. She is an alumni of the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy and IFC’s Global Business Leadership Program.
Anna has co-authored a number of IFC publications on a range of private sector development issues, including ‘Business Linkages: Lessons, Opportunities and Challenges’ and ‘Working with Smallholders: Smallholder Engagement Handbook’.
Anna Akhalkatsi holds an MA in Economic Policy Management from the University of Clermont-Ferrand, France, and in Human Geography from the Tbilisi State University, Georgia. She is a graduate of the Applied Market Economics course at the Joint Vienna Institute, Austria. She is married with 3 children and her hobbies include travel, art history and cooking.