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Albena Melin

Head, Multilateral Engagements IFC – International Finance Corporation, World Bank GroupVice Presidency for Partnerships, Outreach and Communications
Qualifications:

MSc

Location: Washington, USA

Biography

Implementing IFC’s new strategy of Creating Markets and Maximizing Finance for Development, Albena works with innovative blended finance mechanisms and partnerships to deliver business solutions for development challenges. Albena leads IFC’s engagement with the 2030 agenda, SDGs and FfD. She was instrumental in delivering the International Business Forum in partnership with the WEF and ICC, during the Addis FfD Conference engaging over 800 global business leaders with development partners and governments. Albena was part of negotiating the AAAA, injecting private sector and financing perspectives and thinking into the outcome document. Albena co-authored the private sector chapter of the Billions to Trillions paper that helped shift the thinking around development finance, giving private finance an indispensable role. Albena was seconded from WBG as Sr Adviser, SDG Financing and private sector engagement, to the UN-OPGA, 71st Session. Albena has worked in over 30 countries on 5 continents and speaks 8 languages.
MSc International and Institutional Economics, Trade and Finance

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