Manager for the World Bank Women Entrepreneurship and Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Program
Jana Malinska is the Manager for the World Bank Women Entrepreneurship and Finance Initiative (We-Fi) Program.
Jointly implemented with the International Finance Corporation, the WBG We-Fi program aims to address the financial and non-financial constraints faced by women entrepreneurs in growing their business and to test new approaches with the private and public sectors through strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems, expanding financial services, and improving market access across 24 countries.
Prior to joining the WBG, Malinska was a member of the OECD Secretary General’s Advisory Team and contributed to the development of the “Government at a Glance” indicators for the OECD. She is a fellow of the OECD Young Professional Program. Earlier, she worked in marketing with PSA Peugeot Citroen and CzechInvest, national investment and business development agency. She was responsible for implementing the National Czech Supplier Development Program.
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.