Namita Datta is the Head and Program Manager of Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE), based in the Jobs Group of the World Bank Group. S4YE is a multistakeholder global program that provides thought leadership and curates innovation on the agenda of youth employment. S4YE brings together multilaterals, bilateral donor organizations, 40 private sector companies, 50 large NGOs, think tanks and youth themselves. As Program Manager of S4YE she has led several thought leadership products on the agenda of digital jobs, role of technology, gender and inclusion. Before taking over the role of Program Manager of S4YE, she was Global Head of Let’s Work, a global program on jobs and the private sector, created by the IFC. She has led multi-sectoral operations on jobs at the country level in several regions including Africa, Western Balkans, and Asia. She has led analytical work on Gender and Jobs. She has worked for the World Bank Group (both World Bank and IFC) for over 15 years working across sectors and regions. She was co-author of the IFC Jobs Study: Assessing Private Sector Contributions to Job Creation and Poverty Reduction, 2013, leading the analytical work on the employment impact of investments in infrastructure. She led the analytical work on estimating impact of power on jobs - that was awarded the Knowbel Prize and was also replicated by numerous IFIs. As Advisor (Strategy and Policy) for IFC’s South Asia region, she was responsible for leading the policy dialogue on private sector development in the region.
Before joining the World Bank Group, Namita worked with the Government of India, as an IAS officer (India’s high-level policy making body) where she worked as Delhi’s Zonal Municipal Commissioner leading a large complex municipal corporation responsible for delivering key urban services to the city of Delhi. She also worked as Secretary (Head) of the Departments of Urban Development, Power and Environment in Goa, India.
She holds a PhD from Cornell University, an MIA from Colombia University, New York, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.