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Anugraha Palan

Communications Lead, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice
Anugraha Palan is the Communications Lead, Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice at the World Bank Group. She comes from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was Senior Communications Officer and then Program Officer, working on a number of cross cutting communications initiatives.  Most recently she drove the Foundation's communications strategy around the Sustainable Development Goals, a role which combined communications and media work, partner engagement and grant-making. Before going to the Foundation, she was Vice President of Communications and Partnerships at Women Thrive Worldwide, a Washington, DC based organizations advocating with the US government to integrate gender and the concerns of women and girls across US foreign assistance and foreign policy.She oversaw all external communications and public mobilizing and also maintained relationships with women's organizations in developing countries. 
 
Anu was a journalist for about a decade: first in New Delhi and then in Phnom Penh, before moving to the United States and working as a producer for The World, the daily global news program on public radio. As a young journalist in post-conflict Cambodia, she volunteered to help a new local women's organization get started, and that experience became the spark that fueled her eventual transition to development work.
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