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Arun Kumar Sharma

Chief Investment Officer
International Finance Corporation

Arun Kumar Sharma is Chief Investment Officer with the Global Financial Markets Department of the International Finance Corporation and is based in Washington DC. Mr. Sharma is responsible for a wide range of banking and financial market transactions in Emerging Markets. He also manages key client relationships for IFC and is involved in several global innovation initiatives for the Corporation. He is leading IFC’s program to expand collaboration with Export Credit Agencies and is leading innovation efforts in the areas of infrastructure finance, climate finance, affordable housing, and agribusiness finance in developing countries. During his career in IFC which he joined in 1990, Mr. Sharma has worked in banking and financial markets in emerging markets of all major regions of the world including Eastern and Central Europe, Latin America, South and East Asia, Middle East and North and South Africa. He has been involved in a wide range of transactions in different areas such as trade finance, securitization, insurance, cross border leasing, structured U.S. commercial paper, Islamic banking, mortgage finance and distressed assets. Prior his current position Mr. Sharma was Head of Global Structured Finance and was responsible for founding IFC’s securitization business. Prior to joining IFC Mr. Sharma was with the Reserve Bank of India where he covered bank supervision and examination, and was involved in the development of policy initiatives in the areas of foreign inward investment in India’s financial sector and liberalization of foreign exchange and capital controls. Mr. Sharma holds an M.A. From St. Stephen’s College in Delhi and MBA from the Kogod School of Business at the American University in Washington DC. He has participated in executive education programs of Wharton, Oxford, INSEAD and IMD Lausanne. Mr. Sharma is Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow and a fellow of the Wharton School. He is a certified associate of the Indian Institute of Bankers and a recipient of the institute’s Sir Norman Murray Prize.

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