Sima Kanaan

Lead Social Development Specialist, Urban and Social Development Unit of the MENA region, World Bank

Sima Kanaan is a Lead Social Development Specialist with the Urban and Social Development Unit of the MENA region of the World Bank. She is currently based in Jordan and, amongst other responsibilities, is task managing the Bank-funded Affiliated Network for Social Accountability – Arab World (ANSA AW). Prior to assuming her new position in August 2013, Ms. Kanaan was the Manager of the Fragile and Conflict States Practice at the World Bank Institute (WBI) where she was responsible for managing the Institute’s capacity building efforts in fragile and conflict situations focusing on facilitating access to knowledge and the use of innovative and collaborative solutions. She also supported WBI’s engagement on promoting social accountability efforts in MENA. Before joining WBI in 2009, Ms. Kanaan worked with the World Bank’s Fragility and Conflict policy group where she led the Bank’s work on the Rapid Response Policy and provided operational support to country teams on a wide range of operational issues. Between 2000 and 2006, Ms. Kanaan was the Deputy Head of the World Bank office in Jerusalem. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Kanaan worked for ten years with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with whom she last held the position of Deputy Resident Representative in Tbilisi, Georgia. Ms. Kanaan has extensive experience working in MENA and on a number of fragile and conflict countries in Africa. She is a graduate of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington DC.

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