Principal SME Finance and Development Group
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Anna Wilson leads the Access to Know-How portfolio of European Bank for Reconstruction and Development’s (EBRD) flagship Women in Business programmes within the EBRD’s SME Finance & Development Group.
The portfolio covers activities in 23 countries, worth over €30 million in technical assistance and associated with €500+ million of EBRD financing. She also leads work on developing new digital tools for EBRD’s advisory work with SMEs.
After joining EBRD in 2012, Wilson has also been responsible for overseeing a €300,000 external communications overhaul, covering activities and stakeholders across 25 countries.
She has an MA in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and a first class degree in Classics from the University of Cambridge.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) was formed on 1 January, 1992, by a decree issued by the late Sheikh Maktoum bin Rashid Al Maktoum to merge Dubai Electricity Company and Dubai Water Department, which had been operating independently before then. Both organisations were established by the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum in 1959. Dubai Government fully supported the Electricity Company and the Water Department to provide Dubai’s citizens and residents with a continuous and reliable supply of electricity and water. Since then, DEWA has made considerable achievements, to be ranked as one of the best utilities in the world. DEWA provides services today to more than 900,000 customers with a happiness rate that reached 95% in 2018.
The UAE, represented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has maintained its first global ranking, for the third consecutive year, with scores of 100% in all Getting Electricity indicators in the World Bank’s Doing Business 2020 report. The report measures the ease of doing business in 190 economies around the world. DEWA achieved competitive results in global benchmarking, surpassing the private sector and major European and American utilities in efficiency and reliability. DEWA raised the efficiency of its energy production by using the latest technologies and adopting technological innovations, surpassing European and American utilities, by reducing losses from electricity transmission and distribution networks to 3.3% compared to 6–7% in the US and Europe. DEWA also achieved the lowest customer minutes lost per year (CML) in the world of 2.39 CML compared to 15 minutes in Europe and was also able to reduce water network losses to 6.5% in 2018 compared to 15% in North America, which is one of the best results in the world.