Natalia Agapitova worked extensively with operational and analytical aspects of innovation and social entrepreneurship since 1997, including twelve years at the World Bank. Natalia has first-hand experience in using science, technology and innovation as tools to bring growth to the developing world. During her work at the World Bank, Natalia has played a key role in advising countries in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, South America and South Asia on how to build science, technology and innovation capacity. Natalia also worked on a broad range of issues related to capacity development and results agenda, and is one of the main authors of the Capacity Development and Results Framework that is used by World Bank teams and clients for design and M&E of capacity development programs. Natalia has recently joined the new Innovation Department at WBI as coordinator of the Innovation Policy Program. Before coming to the World Bank, Natalia worked as an associate researcher and assistant professor at the University of Poitiers in France, teaching economics and working on regional development projects. Natalia earned a Master (D.E.A.) and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Poitiers, and Bachelor's degrees in Economics and Mathematics from Perm State University (Russia). She has published numerous papers on economic development and is a fluent speaker of Russian, English, French and Spanish.
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