Vyjayanti Desai

Program Manager, ID4D; World Bank Group
Vyjayanti Desai is the Program Manager for Identification for Development (ID4D), a global, multi-sectoral initiative of the World Bank Group. To enable access to services and rights for all, ID4D is supporting progress towards identification systems using 21st century solutions. The initiative is engaging with clients in approximately 30 countries, advancing thought leadership on the topic of good digital identity and convening partners to further shape the agenda with a shared vision.

Prior to joining the ID4D program, Vyjayanti was Lead Specialist with the World Bank Group’s Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. She joined the World Bank Group in 2000 and has worked in Africa, East Asia and South Asia and worked on private participation in infrastructure and social sectors, small and medium enterprise development, investment climate and access to finance. She previously worked in Deloitte Emerging Markets on private and financial sector development.

Vyjayanti has a MBA in Finance from Wharton, Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and BA in International Relations from University of Pennsylvania.

Vyjayanti's Session

Thursday, June 27
5:35 - 6:15 pm
Developing World Identity
Organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank have prioritized digital identity in the developing world in recent years – rallying around a UN “Sustainable Development Goal” to provide legal identity for all by 2030. The ability of robust digital identity infrastructure to empower individuals, protect their rights, and help them get more reliable access to services and benefits is unquestioned. Conversely, the more than one billion people across the globe lacking identity are some of the most vulnerable; if these new systems are not architected properly, there are scenarios where new identity systems might be used against them. This panel will discuss efforts to make sure that we get digital identity right in the developing world – exploring areas of promise, as well as some of the practical challenges involved with creating identity systems for those who do not have them today.

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