Irene Arias

Irene Arias is the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), overseeing IFC’s investment and advisory Services operations in 34 countries across the region, where IFC has a combined investment portfolio of about $16 billion, representing more than 25% of IFC’s global investment portfolio. 

In her previous role, she oversaw IFC’s strategy, investments and portfolio of IFC’s global operations in financial markets. IFC’s investments in the financial sector represent about 40 percent of IFC’s global operations and the objective of IFC in this sector is to promote access to finance for micro, small and medium enterprises.

Irene joined IFC in 2001 and since then she has been managing high profile investment projects primarily in the financial sector across the world, from Sub-Saharan Africa, to the Middle East and Latin America and the Caribbean.  She was part of core IFC group that developed IFC’s Asset Management Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of IFC which manages over $9 billion of capital across six investment funds.

Irene, a Spanish national, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Carlos III University in Madrid, an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, and an M.A. in Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe. She is a CFA Charterholder.

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