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Yasmin Saadat

Head, Trade & Commodity Finance Products
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Ms. Saadat is Product Head for Trade & Commodity Finance at the IFC’s Financial Institutions Group. She oversees various trade facilities supporting critical commodities in emerging markets, and has successfully launched different solutions for strategic trades and landmark deals in frontier countries, a number of which received global recognition and won industry awards. Prior to this, she managed the operations of the Global Trade Liquidity Finance Program, a $4 billion public-private initiative to support trade in emerging markets during the financial crisis. In the several decades of her career at the World Bank Group, she has worked in Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, has extensive experience in assessing banks and companies for investments by IFC, as well as conducted economic policy analyses. As a portfolio manager in IFC’s Treasury, she invested in a variety of fixed income assets, including sovereign, corporate bonds in the US, European and Japanese markets, and co-founded a global macro hedge fund during a personal leave from the IFC. Ms. Saadat holds a PhD and MALD in International Development Economics from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University, Massachusetts, with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from University of Grenoble, in France.

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