Ms. Karin Finkelston is IFC’s Vice President of Partnerships, Communication, and Outreach, and a member of IFC’s Management Team. She leads IFC’s efforts to build strategic relationships with stakeholders, multilateral organizations, development institutions, civil society, foundations, and other key development partners to create markets and mobilize private sector investments in emerging markets. She also leads IFC’s teams in Western Europe and Tokyo and oversees IFC’s corporate communications and global engagement.
Prior to taking up this position in July 2017, Ms. Finkelston held a series of leadership positions at the World Bank Group, including IFC Vice President for Asia and Pacific and MIGA (Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency) Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Ms. Finkelston spent most of her career leading IFC’s investment and advisory business in Asia. Prior to being named IFC’s first Vice President for Asia and Pacific, she was Director for East Asia and Pacific, and Country Manager for China and Mongolia. She grew IFC’s China business — investing with local entrepreneurs and banks — and led IFC’s expansion in Asia’s frontier countries.
Before joining IFC, Ms. Finkelston was Vice President at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in Hong Kong after starting her career in New York. As a manager at Barents Group, she led a team in Hanoi, advising and implementing Vietnam’s first privatization transactions.
Ms. Finkelston has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.