Joining January 2018
Anna Chytla has 29 years of legal experience in international development, governance, corporate policy, investigations, litigation, employment matters, procurement, and international law.
As Deputy General Counsel in the Legal Vice Presidency of the World Bank, she was responsible for advising the board of Executive Directors on governance matters. She led development of a corporate-wide policy and procedure framework to provide clearer guidance, ensure ownership and agility, promote integrity, and manage risk. Working with multiple teams across the organization, she also initiated a program to sharpen authority and accountability, and promote higher-quality and faster decision-making.
During more than 20 years in the general counsel’s office at the World Bank, Anna worked closely with management to address legal, financial and reputational risks faced by a large global institution, and recommend courses of action, often in challenging environments. She handled complex ethics, fraud and corruption investigations; litigation before administrative bodies, and before national courts at trial, appellate and supreme court level; employment disputes; real estate; and procurement.
To advance innovation, Anna spear-headed development and management of legal knowledge on a wide range of development finance and international law topics, and organized seminars and conferences on emerging trends in law and development, bringing together leaders from international organizations, private companies, governments, judiciary, academia, and civil society organizations.
Anna is comfortable dealing with sensitive matters in different cultural settings. She has worked with diverse teams, and engages effectively at all organizational levels from staff to senior management to the board of directors.
Before joining the World Bank, Anna practiced law in the U.S. in the areas of procurement, administrative law, and reorganizations and bankruptcy.