Julia Bucknall is Sector Manager at the Water Department of the World Bank. She manages the Bank's central unit for Water, known as the Water Anchor. Her role is to coordinate the work of the water practice, represent the practice to the Board, and work with international partners. In the World Bank water covers water resource management, water supply and sanitation, agricultural water management and hydropower. Before that, she worked as a Lead Natural Resources Specialist for the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa region. She was the lead author of a flagship publication on water in the region, “Making the Most of Scarcity”. Over the past fifteen years, she has worked on water investment projects and analytical work in North Africa, Central Asia, Central Europe, Cambodia and Central America. She has studied at Cambridge University and MIT.