Namita Datta is the Coalition Manager for the Solutions for Youth Employment (S4YE) initiative. S4YE is a multi-stakeholder partnership with partners from the public sector, civil society and private sector to impact the global youth unemployment crisis, with a focus on developing and piloting innovative models to address youth employment. Before taking on this role, she was Global Head of Let’s Work, a global program to create more and better jobs with a focus on the private sector. She has also led multi-sectoral operations on jobs at the country level in several regions including Africa, Western Balkans, and Asia. She also leads the Gender work program for the Jobs Group.
She has worked for the World Bank Group (both World Bank and IFC) for over 10 years and was an IAS officer (India’s high-level policy making body), working for the Indian government. She holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University, a Master’s from Columbia University, New York, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.