Swarna Kazi is a Senior Disaster Risk Management Specialist at the World Bank and the Bangladesh Focal Point for the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR). Swarna is responsible for strengthening country partnerships, managing the policy dialogue, leading operations, and analytics, to advance the disaster risk management and climate change agenda. Swarna is managing an investment portfolio of over US$1 billion of high priority, climate and disaster resilience, fragility and conflict, emergency preparedness and response, multi-sector operations. Swarna has worked with the World Bank for over 15 years, initially joining in 2002.
Prior to her current position at the World Bank, Swarna was based in London and working as an Evidence and Policy Advisor in the U.K. Government, the Ministerial Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Swarna was educated at Oxford University (Christ Church College), where she obtained an MSc. in Water Science, Policy, and Management.