Bruno Alves is a Senior Editor at PEI Media, where he is responsible for market-leading real asset titles Infrastructure Investor and Agri Investor, covering the global infrastructure and agriculture markets, respectively. Bruno has been a journalist for over 10 years and first joined Infrastructure Investor in December 2009, where he quickly rose to become Associate Editor and a leading writer covering the infrastructure asset class. In 2013, he joined Euromoney to edit their Trade Finance title, before returning to PEI in late 2014.
Deputy Treasurer and Director, Syndicated Loans & Management
Since January 2016, Georgina Baker serves IFC in two capacities, as Director of Syndications and as Deputy Treasurer based in London, where she heads EMEA Treasury Operations. As Director, Syndications, Georgina is responsible for IFC's syndicated lending program, the oldest and largest among multilateral development banks. This includes the Managed Co-lending Portfolio Program (MCPP), which successfully allocated $3 billion in under 18 months. Georgina represents IFC on the board of directors of Bandhan Bank. Previously Georgina served as Director, Trade and Commodity Finance, at IFC. Georgina has been with IFC for over 25 years, working on manufacturing investments in Europe and financial sector investments in EMEA and Asia. Before joining IFC, Georgina received an MBA from the London Business School and previously worked in the UK and in Indonesia as a mechanical engineer.
Editor-in-Chief and Director
Jonathan Bell has over 33 years of experience in international trade and commodities research, journalism and editing on trade, commodities, ECA and project finance, with particular emphasis on the emerging markets. He joined Euromoney Publishing in 1993, and worked first as the specialised finance editor for Project & Trade Finance magazine, and from 1998 as managing editor of the separate title Trade Finance magazine. He also helped arrange agendas, chaired and moderated at many conferences. In 2013 he joined the start-up company TXF Media, where he is editor-in-chief and a director. TXF is an independent, privately-owned company based in London specializing in trade, commodity and project finance-related news, data as well as events and conferences. Jonathan is a graduate of London University’s School of Oriental & African Studies. He is married with a daughter and son of university age.
Bonds & Loans
Jonathan Brandon currently serves as Managing Editor of Bonds & Loans (part of GFC Media Group), a publication focused on emerging market credit, where he oversees the creative direction and delivery of a suite of multimedia products and events. He has nearly a decade’s experience working in trade journalism, market intelligence, and editorial-focused roles in Finance, IT, and the Energy sectors.
Andrew Cross is the Deputy Treasurer for Asia & Pacific at IFC and is based in Singapore, where he leads IFC’s treasury, debt capital market and syndications transactions across the Asia & Pacific region. He oversees capital-market-based products, including local currency loans, and credit enhancements, as well as managing IFC’s syndications activities in the region. Previously, Andrew was Head of the Africa and LatAm teams responsible for the delivery of local currency products within IFC treasury. Andrew joined IFC in 2006 as a Principal Financial Officer and a member of the funding team. Prior to that, he was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch International. He worked as a Director in Debt Capital Markets with responsibilities spanning Sovereign, Corporate and Financial Institution Clients in EMEA. Andrew has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waikato, New Zealand and an MBA from the University of Cranfield, UK.
Henri d’Ambrières joined Credit Lyonnais in 1984. Based in Paris or Madrid (5 years), he held several positions in Project & Export Finance (8 years) or in Corporate Finance (3 years). Back in Paris in 1995, he spent two years in Human Resources before joining again Project Finance as Deputy Head of Natural Resources. He was appointed Global Head of Export and Multilateral Finance in 2002 at Crédit Lyonnais. He was Global Head of Export Finance of Calyon then Credit Agricole CIB from 2004 to 2012. He also managed the commercial activities in Trade Finance from 2008 to 2012. He chaired the Export Credit Group of the European Banking Federation from 2008 to 2013. Since 2013 with HDA Conseil, he has advised companies (e.g., Degrémont, Razel, banks (e.g., Bpifrance, EIB), ECAs (e.g., US Exim) and the OECD in Structured Finance and in the financing of international projects. He is also Technical Advisor for the Trade Register of the ICC (International Chamber of Commerce) and was involved as an expert in Export Finance in arbitration cases. He has been a Director of several companies in France and in Spain since 2005. Born in 1960, Henri d’Ambrières holds a French MBA (HEC). He speaks French, English, Spanish and German.
Manager-EMEA, Treasury Client Solutions
Martin Habel is the Manager of IFC’s Treasury Clients Solutions team for Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Central Asia based in London. The team is responsible for delivering debt capital markets, structured finance and derivative solutions for IFC’s clients in the EMEA region. Since joining IFC in 2007, Martin has worked on transactions and initiatives in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Europe across a wide range of asset classes. Prior to IFC, he worked with KfW Development Bank where among other things he helped to expand KfW’s asset securitization activities into emerging markets. Before that, Martin gained some experience in energy efficiency, renewable energy, microeconomic research and business consulting. Martin holds a Master’s in Mathematics from the Albert-Ludwig University of Freiburg and a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Head of Emerging Market Corporates & Global Sovereigns
Alvaro Lario is a Principal Portfolio Officer at the International Finance Corporation and has over 13 years of investment experience in fixed income and equity investments. He leads the Sovereign and Quasi-Sovereign, China and Emerging Markets Corporate investments at IFC Treasury. Prior to joining IFC, he was Head of Alternative Investments at an independent Spanish asset management firm (Renta 4). He was also an Adjunct Professor at Instituto de Empresa (IE) Business School in Madrid. Alvaro holds a PhD in Financial Economics from Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), a Master of Research in Economics from London Business School (UK) and a Master in Finance from Princeton University (USA). Throughout his postgraduate studies he received fellowships from La Caixa Foundation, ICO Foundation and UK Economic and Social Research Council.
Managing Director & Co-Founder
David Marsh is Managing Director and Co-Founder of OMFIF. He is Senior Adviser to asset management company Soditic and Chairman of the Advisory Board of independent investment bank London & Oxford Capital Markets. Previously, he worked for City merchant bank Robert Fleming, corporate finance boutique Hawkpoint and German management consultancy Droege. David is a Board Member of Henderson Eurotrust, the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany and the Institute for Corporate Cultural Affairs, and visiting Professor at Sheffield University and King's College London. He is former co-founder, chairman and deputy chairman of the German-British Forum. He was made Commander of the British Empire in 2000 and was awarded the German Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in 2003. He started his career at Reuters in 1973 having graduated with a BA in chemistry from Queen's College Oxford. Between 1978 and 1995 he worked for the Financial Times in France and Germany, latterly as European Editor in London. David has written five books: 'Europe's Deadlock: How the Crisis Could Be Solved - And Why It Won't Happen' (2013); 'The Euro – The Politics of the New Global Currency' (2009 – re-released in 2011 as 'The Battle for the New Global Currency'); 'Germany and Europe – The Crisis of Unity' (1994); 'The Bundesbank – The Bank that Rules Europe' (1992); and 'Germany – Rich, Bothered and Divided' (1989). He is a frequent media commentator in Europe and the US.
Head, Co-Investor Solutions Group
Euan Marshall is Head of IFC’s Co-Investor Solutions Group, which promotes co-investment in IFC projects through supporting investor outreach and product innovation. The Co-Investor Solutions Group is particularly focused on identifying opportunities to support increased co-investment in IFC loans and was responsible for developing the Managing Co-Lending Portfolio Program (MCPP). Prior to joining this team, Euan headed IFC’s global advisory program focused on Sustainable Investing and managed IFC’s advisory operations in the Philippines. He started his career with Credit Suisse First Boston and then ING Barings where he worked in London, Hong Kong and Jakarta in a number of equity capital market roles. Euan holds an MBA from Oxford University.
Stefania Palma is Asia Editor at The Banker. Travelling extensively in the region, she carries out fieldwork on local banking and financial markets. Prior to joining The Banker, she oversaw the local currency section at GlobalCapital and reported on the development of non-US dollar, non-euro bond markets throughout the Eurozone sovereign crisis. She joined The Banker after reading for a MPhil in Modern Chinese Studies at the University of Oxford, during which she completed archival research and a language exchange at Peking University. She has a BSc in Economics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, UK, where she first started studying Mandarin Chinese.
Head of Funding
Ben Powell joined IFC in 2011 to take up the position of Senior Financial Officer in the Treasury department, specifically working on IFC’s funding program. In 2014, Ben took responsibility for IFC’s overall funding program, which in FY2017 reached $17 billion in size. He has led many of IFC’s highest-profile bond offerings, including IFC’s largest-ever U.S.-dollar global benchmark transaction and the largest renminbi-denominated bond issued by a multilateral institution listed on the London Stock Exchange. He also manages IFC’s Green and Social Bond issuance programs. Prior to joining the IFC, Ben was Deputy Head of Funding for Kommunalbanken Norway, a Norwegian government agency. He previously worked as a staff writer for Japanese business newspaper Nikkei Business and for HSBC in London. Ben graduated from The University of Wales, Cardiff with a B.A. in French and Japanese.