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Hans Peter Lankes
Hans Peter Lankes, International Finance Corporation

Hans Peter Lankes is IFC's Vice President of Economics and Private Sector Development. In this capacity, Mr Lankes is responsible for ensuring that IFC's strategies and projects have a consistent focus on development results. He also provides independent economic analysis and oversight to all IFC's operations, and ensures coordination with the World Bank and other international financial institutions on private sector development issues. 

Mr Lankes holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University, as well as economics degrees from Albert Ludwigs Universität Freiburg and Université de Grenoble.

Olivier Lavinal
Olivier Lavinal, World Bank

Olivier Lavinal is the Program Manager of the Global Concessional Financing Facility (GCFF), at the World Bank Group (WBG). The GCFF is an open platform that provides concessional assistance to middle income countries impacted by refugee crises across the world. Olivier is Senior Specialist in the Fragility, Conflict and Violence (FCV) Group. Olivier Lavinal also served as Advisor and Special Assistant to the Vice President for the Middle East and North Africa Region. He was a member of the management team that revised the strategy of the WBG in the MENA region, and contributed to its implementation. Olivier graduated from Sciences Po Paris and Georgetown University and is a Scholar from the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University. 

Jonathan Leape
Jonathan Leape, International Growth Centre

Jonathan Leape is Executive Director of the LSE-Oxford International Growth Centre (IGC), which brings together a global network of leading researchers and in-country teams in Africa and South Asia to support partner governments with demand-led policy advice based on frontier research, and Associate Professor of Economics at the London School of Economics. He was founding director of CREFSA, an LSE research centre established in 1990 by the Commonwealth Heads of Government to support the democratic transition in South Africa. He previously advised governments in Africa and served as Chief Academic Adviser on Taxation to the UK Government Economic Service. His published academic research includes articles in the Journal of Public Economics and the Journal of Economic Perspectives and he holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University.


Sarah Logan
Sarah Logan, International Growth Centre

Sarah Logan is a Senior Policy Economist at the International Growth Centre (IGC). She leads the IGC’s flexible engagement programme, which currently has engagements in Somaliland, South Sudan, Kenya, Afghanistan, Jordan and Lebanon. She holds an MPA in Development Practice from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and an LLB from the University of Cape Town. She is a qualified attorney and is a member of the New York State Bar and the Law Society of the Northern Provinces, South Africa. Her research interests are in private sector development, fragility and state effectiveness.

Rodrigo Madrazo
Rodrigo Madrazo, Compañía Española de Financiación del Desarrollo

Rodrigo Madrazo was appointed General Manager of COFIDES in August 2018. 

He entered Spain's Civil Service in 2001 as a State Economist. Between July 2015 and August 2018 he was Director General for Economic Policy in the Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness. Before 2015, Mr Madrazo held different positions in that Directorate General for Economic Policy, including Deputy Director General between 2012 and 2015. Previously he worked in the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce as Senior Advisor in the department of Industry. Between 2007 and 2012, he headed the Economic and Commercial Office of the Spanish Embassy in Ecuador. 

Mr Madrazo also has relevant experience in the corporate sector since he was a Member of the Board of Directors of Aena (IBEX35 listed company), Instituto de Crédito Oficial (the Spanish public bank) and also ICEX España Exportación e Inversiones, the Spanish agency in charge of promoting external trade and attracting foreign investment.. 

Rodrigo Madrazo is a graduate in Economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. On completion of his PhD he was awarded the “Extraordinary Prize”. He also holds a master in Public Administration from the Fiscal Studies Institute and EOI Business School. He is the author of several specialised publications in the fields of Spanish economy and international trade. 

Richard Manning
Richard Manning, Blavatnik School of Government

Richard Manning worked for the UK Department of International Development and its predecessors from 1965-2003, and was a Director General from 1996-2003. He served in the UK office in Brussels from 1973-75 during negotiation of the Lomé Convention. Richard also served in West Africa and Southeast Asia. From 1984-86 he was UK Alternate Executive Director at the World Bank. From 2003-08 he was Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee. Since 2008 he has worked on several topics including replenishments, evaluation, and facilitating private investment. He has also been Chair of the Boards of the Institute for Development Studies (2008-2012) and of the International Initiative on Impact Evaluation (2012-2017)

Emmanuelle Mascré
Emmanuelle Mascré, PROPARCO

Emmanuelle Mascré is in charge of PROPARCO's steering and strategic policy. She also worked at its mother company AFD as a consultant dedicated to the "3D" issue (development, diplomacy and defence). Before this, she acquired some experience as a project manager in a global company specialised in packaging. 

Emmanuelle graduated in entrepreneurship and economics at HEC Paris.

Ntombizodwa Mbele
Ntombizodwa Mbele, Development Bank Of South Africa

Zodwa holds a position of the Group Executive: Transacting at the DBSA. She is a Chartered Accountant (SA) with extensive experience in infrastructure development and financing, spanning across various sectors.  She also serves as Credit Committee member of Stanlib Infrastructure Fund; a fund that has impressive investment portfolio of the renewable projects in SA. Zodwa was previously the CFO and Project Finance Executive in other organizations in the private and public sector.

Zodwa obtained Certificate in International Treasury Management (UK); attended Advanced Management Program (Harvard Business School); Executive Development Program (Stellenbosch Business School) and Management Advanced Program (Wits Business School).

Christopher Millward
Christopher Millward, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Christopher Millward, a UK national, is Regional Head of Europe and Central Asia & Middle East and North Africa at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance and credit enhancement arm of the World Bank Group. Millward joined MIGA in 2004 as an Investment Officer responsible for designing and implementing MIGA's business development and outreach activities in Europe and Asia.

Now based in Paris, Millward develops and executes MIGA's involvement in projects throughout Europe, Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa. He has led MIGA's participation in a number health PPP projects in Turkey, Konan Bedie Toll Bridge Project in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire; an innovative cross-currency swap solution in Senegal; and several metro and port financings in Turkey.

Ari Nironen
Ari Nironen, Finnfund

Ari Nironen is Senior Investment Manager at the Finnish development finance company Finnfund. He is responsible for managing a dedicated portfolio of non-investment-grade emerging market investments (equity, mezzanine and debt). In addition, he focuses on originating and structuring direct investments in fragile states. He has 20 years' experience in the financing sector, including more than 10 years in emerging markets. Furthermore, he has worked for almost 10 years in process industry. Prior to joining Finnfund, he worked at Swedish Export Credit Corporation, Sampo Bank and AGA (Linde Group). Ari has an MSc in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology and eMBA in finance from University of Tampere.

Kristina Nwazota
Kristina Nwazota, World Bank

Kristina Nwazota is a Senior Communications Officer at the World Bank Group focused on fragility, conflict and violence. Before joining the Bank Group in 2007, she was the International Affairs Editor at the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer. Kristina is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York.

Nick O'Donohoe
Nick O'Donohoe, CDC

Nick O'Donohoe joined CDC as Chief Executive in 2017. He has wide experience in the financial and investment sector and has been an innovator in impact investing.

Nick spent the first thirty years of his career working for leading financial services companies, across different asset classes and countries. From Goldman Sachs, he joined JP Morgan where was latterly Global Head of Research. 

In 2011, he co-founded Big Society Capital, which was established by the UK Government as 'the world's first social investment bank'. He served as its Chief Executive Officer from 2011 to December 2015. Following this Nick took up a position at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, where he was a Senior Advisor, specialising in the use of blended finance models to support the work of the Foundation.

In January 2016, he was appointed by the UK Cabinet Office as Chairman of the UK Dormant Assets Commission.  He is also a board member of the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN).

Andrew Palmer
Andrew Palmer, CDC

Andrew has a background in politics, sustainability and international development policy. He leads the Global Affairs team at CDC which covers our relationship with governments, strategic partnerships, stakeholder and policy work. 
Before joining CDC, he was Head of External Relations for Development Initiatives, a research organisation with a focus on improving the transparency of financial flows for sustainable development. During this time Andrew set up the organisation's US office and worked on the negotiations of the UN Global Goals in New York.
Andrew has worked as an adviser on international development and poverty in the UK Houses of Parliament, helping establish political consensus around the UK's commitment to 0.7 per cent. He also has also worked in the private sector where he led the launch of a sustainability strategy for an international corporation.

Keith Palmer
Keith Palmer, AgDevCo

Keith is the Chairman and founding sponsor of AgDevCo and brings to the business a wealth of social investment experience across developing countries. Keith has founded several organisations. He was the intellectual architect and Chairman of InfraCo, an infrastructure project development company operating in Africa and Asia, the founder Chairman of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund, an African debt fund, a founder board member of GuarantCo, an infrastructure loan guarantee facility and, until 2013, the Chairman of CEPA, an economic and financial consultancy. He was Vice Chairman of Rothschild, the international investment bank, and worked for the World Bank and IMF, has held senior positions in the public sector in Tanzania and Papua New Guinea, and was an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee Centre for Energy, Petroleum and Mineral Law and Policy.

Alexandre Pointier
Alexandre Pointier, PROPARCO

Alexandre Pointier was appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of PROPARCO by the Board of Directors on 19 October 2018.

From 2001 to 2010, Alexandre Pointier worked on credit markets in London, successively for BNP Paribas, Deutsche Bank and Barclays Capital. In his last position, he was Global Head of Structured Credit Markets. He subsequently decided to join the State civil service and, after working for a period at the French Permanent Representation to the European Union and another at the Prefecture of the Île-de-France region, in late 2014 he joined the Inspectorate General of Finances at the Ministry of the Economy and Finance.

Alexandre graduated from the Saint-Etienne School of Mines (ENSMSE), the Insurance and Financial Science Institute (ISFA), the Paris Institute of Political Studies (IEP), and the National School of Administration (ENA).

Svitlana Pyrkalo
Svitlana Pyrkalo, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Svitlana Pyrkalo is principal adviser to Mattia Romani, the Managing Director of the EBRD's department for economics, policy and governance. 

In her previous role she was in charge of media relations for green economy, Central Asia, parts of the Western Balkans and the energy and natural resources sectors for the EBRD, based in London, UK. 

She has worked as a BBC journalist and is currently studying for a masters degree at the University of Cambridge.

Kjell Roland
Kjell Roland, Norfund

Roland graduated in economics and philosophy from University of Oslo and Tromsø in 1980.
Roland started as a researcher in a government owned research organisation (CBS) in 1980, co-founded and managed a consulting company/think tank called ECON in 1986 and was CEO of Norfund from 2006 to September 2018. He now works as a consultant and is involved in setting up a new platform with private investors to invest in emerging markets. 

He has published more than 300 articles, reports and 7 books, mainly in the field of energy and environmental economics, climate policy and development.  

Roland has served on a number of boards, primarily in start ups and entrepreneurial companies.  

Mattia Romani
Mattia Romani, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

Dr Mattia Romani is Managing Director for Economics, Policy and Governance at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He is also Senior Visiting Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics. Before joining the EBRD in 2014, he was the Deputy Director General and Chief Economist of the Global Green Growth Institute, an international organisation based in South Korea created to support developing and emerging countries on their green growth plans. He was previously with McKinsey and Company, where he worked as a senior expert since 2009. He served as Lord Nicholas Stern's deputy on the UN Secretary General High-Level Advisory Group on Climate Finance in 2010. Between 2007 and 2009, he worked as the lead economist on the Stern Review team in the UK Government. He was previously at Shell International working on long-term scenarios. Between 1999 and 2003 he worked at the World Bank in Washington DC, Abidjan and Antananarivo. He holds a doctorate.

Christiane Rudolph
Christiane Rudolph, Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft

Christiane Rudolph is Head of Division of Corporate Strategy and Development Policy at Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft (DEG), a member of KfW Bankengruppe. Before, she has been working as Senior Environmental and Social Specialist within DEG’s Sustainable Department. In her 20 years of working in emerging markets, she has gained wide experience and knowledge in sustainable finance and impact of private sector investments. She studied geography and also holds an MA in international politics, economics and history where she has already focused on Africa and Asia.