DFI Forum delegates D-K

Henrik Dagel
Henrik Dagel, Swedfund

Mr Henrik Dagel is a Director of Special Operations at Swedfund International AB. He joined Swedfund International in 2008. Previously, Mr Dagel worked within Corporate Finance at Handelsbanken Markets and Carnegie and his own business.

Board seats:
Sixth Swedish National Pension Fund (2009-2017), Carnegie Investment Bank (2008-2009), Global Medical Investments GMI AB, Addis Cardiac Hospital, Kinyeti Venture Capital.
Mr Dagel is a business school graduate with an MSc in Economics and Business from Stockholm School of Economics,

Giulio Dal Magro
Giulio Dal Magro, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti S.p.A

Giulio Dal Magro is the Head of International Financing of Cassa Depositi e Prestiti. He has worked for CDP since 2017.

Prior to joining CDP, Giulio worked for 13 years for SACE, the Italian export credit agency, as Head of the Energy, Mining and Metals department, and before that in ENI, TXU Energy and MCC bank.

Giulio graduated in economics at the Sapienza University in Rome and earned a master's degree in economics at London School of Economics.

Xavier de Carniere
Xavier de Carniere, Feronia

Xavier de Carniere is a dynamic and highly regarded plantations executive with substantial international business experience. Prior to joining Feronia, Mr de Carniere was CFO of Siat Group, a major agro-industrial business with rubber and oil palm, cattle ranches and processing and downstream operations in six countries across Africa and Asia. In this role, Mr de Carniere gained extensive knowledge of the palm oil industry and demonstrated a track record of delivering results, including the Group's capital restructuring and a number of project financings. Mr de Carniere also has experience in the African FMCG sector, having previously been Sales & Marketing Director for Promasidor, a manufacturer and distributor of quality food products. With responsibility for Ghana and Burkina Faso, he played a key role in developing a number of brands into market leaders. Mr de Carniere is multilingual and has a master's degree in business and finance from the ICHEC Management School in Brussels.

Miguel de Corral
Miguel de Corral, World Bank

Miguel de Corral works in the front office of the World Bank's Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group. In this role, he is supporting the FCV Senior Director carry out the World Bank's strategic objectives on the FCV agenda. Miguel previously worked in the World Bank's Middle East and North Africa department, where he was part of the core team that developed the Global Concessional Financing Facility to support middle-income countries facing refugee shocks. In addition to his time at the World Bank, Miguel has worked with the World Food Programme in Peru, the UN Institute for Disarmament Research in Geneva, and the NATO Defense College in Rome. Miguel has a master's in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School – where he focused on issues regarding the security-development nexus and the drivers of radicalisation – and studied international relations at Northeastern University in Boston.

Kodeidja Malle Diallo
Kodeidja Malle Diallo, African Development Bank.

Mrs Diallo is Director of the Private Sector Department at the African Development Bank.

Nick Dyer
Nick Dyer, Department for International Development

Nick Dyer is the Director General for Economic Development and International, and also Acting Director General, Policy, Research and Humanitarian at the Department for International Development.

Before taking on the role Nick held a number of positions within DFID including:
Permanent Secretary (2017-2018)
Director General for Policy and Global Programmes (2013-2017)
Director General for Policy and Global Programmes (2013-2017)
Director of Policy Division (2009-2013)
Head of DFID Malawi (2006-2009)
Head European Union Department (2002-2006)
Senior Economic Adviser DFID East Africa, Nairobi (1998-2002)
Director General, Economic Development and International

The Director General for Economic Development and International is responsible for overseeing DFID's relationship with the private sector and its relationship with multilateral agencies, including the EU and UN.

Dave Easton
Dave Easton, CDC

Dave joined CDC in 2012 as part of the team tasked with rebuilding CDC's Direct Equity business. He has since taken on the leadership of our Consumer Businesses team, which covers investments in healthcare, education, retail and technology.

Dave has led investments which use technology to deliver innovative, low-cost solutions to market challenges in Africa and South Asia. These include the Daraz Group, Pakistan's leading ecommerce company, since acquired by Alibaba; M-KOPA, the world's largest, pay the world's largest, pay-as-you-go solar energy company; Jumia Group, Africa's leading internet company; and Unicaf, Africa's leading digital tertiary education provider.

Prior to joining CDC, Dave was an Investment Manager at Bridges Ventures, leading transactions across a range of sectors including renewable energy, ICT and financial services.

Dave also co-founded and was Director of Strategy and Investment for the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative.

Mark Eckstein
Mark Eckstein, CDC

Mark joined CDC in 2013 and is a co-director of the ESR team, along with Ritu Kumar.

Under Mark and Ritu's leadership, the ESR team has grown to be a strong and widely respected part of our value proposition. In addition to an important compliance function, the team plays a key role in delivering additional value from E&S improvements across CDC's portfolio.

Prior to joining CDC, he was Managing Director of the WWF US International Finance program. He worked across the WWF network on the promotion of sustainable lending and investment practices with banks, private equity firms and other parts of the finance sector. He developed international partnerships with Credit Suisse and Rabobank, and worked closely with a range of emerging market financial institutions.

Mark has also worked with the IFC as an environmental and social (E&S) adviser and with Sustainable Finance Ltd, a consultancy that provided support to a range of financial institutions globally.

Nana Eshun
Nana Eshun, Africa Finance Corporation

Nana Eshun is the Acting General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Africa Finance Corporation. Nana is a finance and infrastructure lawyer with several years’ experience. While at AFC she has led the Legal Department on investments (covering sectors including power, transport infrastructure, natural resources (mining & oil and gas), heavy industries and telecommunications) as well as borrowings.  Nana is proficient in various types of infrastructure investments including Equity, Debt, Project Finance, Project Development, Trade Finance and Financial Arranging and Advisory. Prior to joining AFC in 2008, Nana worked for the African Development Bank where she led on the legal aspects of financing of a number of projects including infrastructure (power, roads, heavy industries etc.) and other projects for economic development.   She also represented the Ministry of Finance/Government of Ghana as lead finance lawyer primarily on the West African Gas Pipeline Project.  Before that, Nana worked as a solicitor with City commercial law firms in the United Kingdom – Denton Wilde Sapte Solicitors and Eversheds Solicitors on Private Finance Initiative Projects.

Nana is a Barrister at Law, admitted to the Ghana Bar in 1987 and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, admitted in 1994.   She holds a BA (Law & Sociology) from the University of Ghana, BL (Barristers Law Practicing Certificate) from the Ghana School of Law, Law Society Finals (UK Solicitors Qualifying Course) from the College of Law, Guildford, United Kingdom and an LLM in International Business Law from the University of London.

Orlando Ferreira
Orlando Ferreira, IDB Invest

Mr Ferreira, a national of Paraguay, is IDB Invest's Chief Strategy Officer. Working previously as the Chief Operating Officer, Mr Ferreira joined the institutions as a Senior Advisor in 2006. He has held several Division Chief positions at IDB Invest and served as an IDB Group Board member from 1999 to 2005. Prior to his service at the IDB Group, Mr Ferreira worked for fifteen years in the construction, financial, and advisory services sectors in Paraguay. He holds a degree in Economics from the Universidad Nacional de Asunción in Paraguay and a master's degree in Finance from The George Washington University.

Jörg Frieden
Jörg Frieden, Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets (SIFEM)

Jörg Frieden spent most of his career with Switzerland's Foreign Affairs Ministry. He worked as a coordinator in Mozambique, advisor for the World Bank in Washington, and Head of the Eastern and Southern Africa Section at the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation Swiss Development Cooperation. He also held the position of Deputy Director at Federal Office for Refugees. From 2011 to 2016, Frieden was Executive Director of Switzerland at the World Bank Group, specifically at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), and then Swiss Ambassador to Nepal until 2018. He is the chairman of the Board of SIFEM (Swiss Investment Fund for Emerging Markets) since May 2018. He studied economics at the University of Freiburg and graduated with a doctorate.

Etienne Grall
Etienne Grall, Development Finance Institute Canada

Etienne Grall joined FinDev Canada in July 2018, after leading the team responsible for designing and creating it.

Etienne began his career working on international development, successively at the European Commission in Brussels and at the Comité Français contre la Faim, a non-governmental organisation in Paris. He later joined the banking sector where he managed portfolios of international commercial and corporate customers in France and in Canada. He joined Export Development Canada (EDC) to manage relationships with strategic customers in the infrastructure, services and environmental sectors, then moved on to create and lead the team responsible for building strategic relationships with the Canadian banking industry. It is as director of EDC’s government relations and external communications team that he became EDC’s representative in the work that led to the decision to create a Canadian development finance institution. He subsequently took the leadership of the team tasked with designing it, up to the successful launch of FinDev Canada in early 2018.

Etienne is a graduate of United World Colleges (UK), Institut d’Etudes Politiques (Paris) and holds a MA in International Affairs from the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna, Italy). He is fluent in four languages and exercises his passion for the outdoors by coaching competitive cross-country skiing.

Pierre Guislain
Pierre Guislain, African Development Bank

Pierre Guislain is Vice-President, Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialisation, AfDB Group.

Pierre Guislain, a Belgian national, joined the AfDB Group in December 2016 as VP, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialisation. At the Bank, his responsibilities include the financial sector, trade, urban development and information and communication technologies.

Before joining the Bank, Mr Guislain held the position of Senior Director in charge of Transport & Information and Communication Technology at the World Bank. He also served as Director of the Joint World Bank-IFC-MIGA Business Climate Department and as Co-Director at IFC for Fragile & Conflict Affected countries.

Mr Guislain is author and editor of publications on private sector development, foreign direct investment, ICT, infrastructure reform & privatisation. He holds a master's degree in Economics and Public Policy from Princeton University (USA) as well as a Graduate Degree in Law from the Université catholique de Louvain.

Maria Håkansson
Maria Håkansson, Swedfund

Maria Håkansson is CEO of Swedfund, the Swedish Governments Development Finance Institution. Swedfund's goal is to fight poverty through the creation of sustainable businesses in developing countries and thereby to contribute to Agenda 2030.

Ms. Håkansson is a business-oriented executive with experience from finance, M&A, sales, digitalisation and new business models. She has a strong track record in building sustainable businesses and a long experience from leading global multi-cultural teams.

Maria Håkansson has extensive experience from a variety of senior positions at Ericsson. Before joining Swedfund, she served as Vice President Internet of Things (IoT) at Ericsson, responsible for developing a new IoT platform, establishing new business models and ecosystems enabling operators to maximise the opportunity that IoT brings.

Maria Håkansson holds a Master of Science in Business Administration with a major in business control and accounting from University of Stockholm.

Pierre Harkay
Pierre Harkay, Belgian Investment Company for Developing Countries (BIO)

BIO is the Belgian Development Finance Institution, which aims to support the private sector in developing and/or emerging countries to enable them to gain access to growth and sustainable development. Pierre is Manager of the Development & Sustainability Unit, where his team is responsible for impact measurement and environment & social compliance of BIO‘s investment projectsHe’s also in charge of the “Business Development Support Fund”, a grant facility providing technical assistance programmes and feasibility study funding. Pierre is also working on private sector development policy and strategy aspects of the Belgian Development Cooperation, focusing on African countries.

Before joining BIO, Pierre worked for the Belgian Central Bank, the British Embassy in Brussels, the Federation of Belgian Enterprises and CBRE, a US-based real estate broker.

Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu
Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu, International Finance Corporation

Mrs Jumoke Jagun-Dokunmu is IFC's Regional Director for Eastern Africa, based in Nairobi. In that role Jumoke leads the implementation of IFC's strategy in the sub-region and manages key relationships with clients, partners, government officials, and across the World Bank Group. She focuses on proactively creating, expanding and deepening markets, especially in low income countries and in fragile and conflict situations. She is the IFC anchor for regional integration in Africa. In that role she provides leadership and coordination of IFC thinking on regional solutions that draws on her long track record of leading innovative, high-impact engagements that work across the World Bank Group to achieve results.

Jumoke has more than 25 years of experience working with governments, clients, and partners to stimulate private sector led growth of developing economies through Public Private Partnerships in infrastructure, and the structuring and financing of private sector projects. 

Eric Jones
Eric Jones, Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Eric Jones is a Senior Advisor to the President & CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and was previously the Deputy Chief of Staff at the U.S Small Business Administration (SBA).

Prior to his current appointment, Jones held various executive positions in the entertainment industry with Fox, Warner Bros., and Disney where he focused on strategy, business development, and new technologies.  He started his career in investment banking at Morgan Stanley.  In addition, his passion for product, brand, and technology has led to personal investments in many early stage companies, highlighted by Dollar Shave Club, fitmob, and Bonobos.

Jones was a Larry Wolfen Entrepreneurial Spirit Award recipient while earning his MBA at UCLA Anderson and graduated cum laude with a BA in Economics from Cornell University where we was a member of Quill and Dagger.

Jaakko Kangasniemi
Jaakko Kangasniemi, Finnfund

Jaakko Kangasniemi has been the Managing Director of Finnfund (Finnish Fund for Industrial Cooperation Ltd.), the Finnish development finance company, since 2002. Previously he was economic advisor with Finland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs and economist with the World Bank. Jaakko holds a PhD (Agricultural Economics) from Michigan State University, an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics (currently the Aalto University School of Economics) and a MSc (Economics) from the University of Helsinki.


Joanna Kata-Blackman
Joanna Kata-Blackman, International Finance Corporation

Joanna Kata-Blackman is a member of IFC's Fragile and Conflict-affected Situations Unit. In this role she contributes to the development and implementation of IFC strategy for fragile and conflict-affected states, design of new tools and approaches to address internal and external challenges of operating in these markets, thought leadership on private sector development, and collaboration with the World Bank, MIGA and development partners. Previously, Joanna worked with the joint World Bank-IFC Investment Climate Department, where she focused on design and implementation of regulatory reforms aimed to improve business-enabling environment, with special emphasis on fragile and conflict-affected countries in Africa, the Balkans and South Asia. Prior to that, Joanna conducted research for the World Bank-IFC Doing Business report, which measures the quality of business regulations in 190 economies.

Thomas Kerr
Thomas Kerr, International Finance Corporation

Tom Kerr is the Manager, Global Engagement and Outreach at the International Finance Corporation, the world's largest private sector development finance institution and part of the World Bank Group.  In this role, he is responsible for managing a dynamic team that promotes key thematic priorities for IFC and private sector development, including climate change, gender, and the digital economy, and supports IFC's industry teams to support IFC's corporate strategy.  He also leads IFC's engagement with global platforms such as the G7 and G20, the United Nations, and the World Economic Forum.

Tom, an American national, joined IFC in 2013 to lead efforts to expand climate-smart investment through external partnerships, client engagement and thought leadership.