Natalia Agapitova is Senior Program Officer at the World Bank Group where she leads the Social Enterprise Innovations program. Natalia has first-hand experience in using science, technology and innovation as tools to bring inclusive and sustainable growth to the developing world.

During her work at the World Bank, Natalia has designed and implemented large-scale development operations, run competitive grant programs for social enterprises, and 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 has published numerous papers on economic development and contributed in a major ways to the knowledge and research around the innovation and entrepreneurship agenda including the development of the joint WBG/OECD Innovation Policy Platform.