THURSDAY 10 MAY

The EU External Investment Plan (EIP): a New Frontier for Development Finance
EBRD/European Commission event

Al-Harannah 5
Level 1

            

Featuring senior representatives from European institutions, multilateral development banks, as well as the private sector and philanthropic foundations, this Special event aims at exploring within an interactive format:

  • How the EIP represents an opportunity for private investors in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood to manage risk;

  • How a new guarantee instrument under the EIP would allow EBRD and other Development Finance Institutions to offer innovative financing solutions to clients;

  • What is the role of different stakeholders in mobilising private finance, improving the business climate and policy environment providing technical support for project preparation and implementation across the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood.

As the External Investment Plan is now operational, it is essential for both policy makers and business community to join forces and work together in designing new products that can leverage and mobilise the private sector as well as drive shared policy reform objectives.

At a time of important discussions for the future of the global and European financial architecture, please join us to listen (and question) how different actors and institutions could build an efficient and effective system for development finance as well as what challenges need to be overcome.

 

For more information, please contact:

Francesca Foglia: FogliaF@ebrd.com

 

Investor's Pitch Presentation

Presentation by Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General at DG Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), European Commission

 

Moderator

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Speakers

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Emile Cubeisy

Managing Partner – Silicon Badia, Badia Impact Fund

Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning, International Cooperation and Tourism, Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation

Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, EBRD - Cairo

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

Kerstin Jorna

Deputy Director-General, European Commission

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Nuria Molina

Senior Programme Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Sergio Pimenta

Vice President, International Finance Corporation

Alexander Stubb

Vice President, European Investment Bank

Suma Chakrabarti

President, EBRD

Sir Suma Chakrabarti is the sixth President of the EBRD. He has held the position since 2012.
Suma has spent a great deal of his professional career working in the British civil service, international development economics and policy-making, as well as in designing and implementing wider public service reform.
Prior to joining the EBRD, he was Permanent Secretary at the British Ministry of Justice and, earlier, headed the UK’s Department for International Development. He also worked in the UK Treasury and in the Cabinet Office.
After studying politics, philosophy and economics at the University of Oxford, Suma took a Masters in development economics at the University of Sussex.  He holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex and East Anglia, as well as Bucharest’s University of Economic Studies.

Jonathan Charles

Managing Director, Communications, EBRD

Mr. Charles came to the Bank in 2011 after a long and distinguished career at the BBC, winning several awards for his journalism. As a BBC presenter and foreign correspondent, he has appeared on BBC1 and BBC World News television, as well as the BBC’s main radio channels.
His specialist areas include economics, Russia, the EU and international diplomacy; he has a keen interest in issues surrounding the single currency.
He established television operations for the BBC in Brussels and Frankfurt, and operated in many conflict zones throughout the world. He holds an MA (Oxon) and BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oriel College, Oxford University.

Emile Cubeisy

Managing Partner – Silicon Badia, Badia Impact Fund

 

Emile is a Founder and Managing Partner of Silicon Badia focusing on investments in the Middle East region. Previously Managing Partner of IV Holdings, the early-stage investment arm of Accelerator Technology Holdings, Emile is currently a director of several regional online and digital media companies. He was selected as a member of the Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum in 2006, and in 2012 was selected a Fellow of the Aspen Institute.

Imad Fakhoury

Minister of Planning, International Cooperation and Tourism, Ministry of Planning & International Cooperation

Janet Heckman

Managing Director SEMED, EBRD - Cairo

 

Janet Heckman has been Managing Director for the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) region at EBRD since February 2017. Based in Cairo, Ms Heckman is responsible for the formulation and delivery of the EBRD’s strategy and business plan for Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and West Bank and Gaza. An American national, Ms Heckman joined the EBRD in July 2012 as Country Director for Kazakhstan after a long career at Citi where she was Managing Director for corporate banking activities in Algeria, and held many field roles in  Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Bahrain, among other roles. Ms Heckman holds a M.Sc. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a B.A. in History from Kenyon College. 

 

Pierre Heilbronn

Vice President, Policy & Partnerships, EBRD

 

Pierre Heilbronn is responsible for the EBRD’s policy engagement, country and sector strategies, TC and initiatives supporting the Bank’s transition mandate. Before joining the EBRD in November 2016, he was deputy chief of staff for France’s Minister of Economy and Finance. Before that, he served as the European advisor of the French Prime Minister. Earlier in his career, he assisted in the creation of the European External Action Service. As head of Cabinet of the European Commissioner for External Relations and Management of Development Aid, he also worked on the Neighbourhood policy and on the management of EU development aid. Pierre Heilbronn graduated from Sciences Po Paris and ENA. He also holds a Master of Economics from Cambridge University and a Master of European studies from the College of Europe of Bruges.

Kerstin Jorna

Deputy Director-General, European Commission

Kerstin Jorna is a German national and a civil servant at the European Commission where she has held various positions, amongst others as Head of Cabinet of several Commissioners and different Director posts in the areas of Intellectual Property, Innovation and Standards, Single Market Policy, Regulation and Implementation. Since December 2016 she is Deputy Director General in the Economic and Financial Affairs general directorate.  Her areas of responsibility include, amongst others, macroeconomic surveillance of EU Member States, structural reforms, finance matters including the European Investment Plan and coordination with international financial institutions.

Mrs. Jorna is the European Commission nominated Board Member at the European Investment Bank. 

Katarina Mathernova

Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, European Commission, DG NEAR

Katarína Mathernová has been Deputy Director General of DG NEAR, the Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations since 2015. She served as Deputy Director General in DG Regional Policy from 2007-10.
She has held senior management and advisory posts at the European Commission, the World Bank (2002-04 and 2010-14), and in the reform government in the Slovak Republic (1998-2002) where she was Chief Institutional and Policy Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs. Ms Mathernová holds a Juris Doctor degree from Comenius University in Bratislava, a Masters of Law degree from the University of Michigan, is a member of the New York Bar, and speaks six languages.
Her distinctions include Slovak Woman of the Year in 2000 and the Pro Bono Human Rights award in 1993 from the International Human Rights Law Group.

 

Nuria Molina

Senior Programme Officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Nuria Molina is Head of European Affairs at the department of Global Policy and Advocacy of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining the Gates Foundation, she held senior management positions at ActionAid UK, as Director of Policy, Advocacy and Campaigns, and at Save the Children UK, as Director of Policy and Research. In both capacities she was responsible for covering development finance and development economics, poverty and inequality, women’s rights and the role of the private sector in development. Prior to joining Save the Children, Nuria was the Executive Director for the European Network on Debt and Development (EURODAD). There she led EURODAD's research and advocacy on development finance, including aid effectiveness, debt management, fiscal policy and private sector in development. She was Policy and Development Adviser for the European Anti-Poverty Network and worked for the UN Financing for Development Office in New York.

Sergio Pimenta

Vice President, International Finance Corporation

Sérgio Pimenta is in charge of all advisory and investment operations in a region with over 600 staff and a committed portfolio of $20 billion, including mobilization. Previously, Mr. Pimenta was the Director and Global Head of Industry—Manufacturing, Agribusiness, and Services at IFC, managing all operations in these sectors worldwide. Mr. Pimenta also served for three years as IFC’s Regional Director responsible for East Asia and the Pacific. Prior to joining the World Bank Group through its Young Professionals Program in 1996, Mr. Pimenta worked for the Treasury Department of the French Ministry of Finance, as well as for the Banque Nationale de Paris (BNP). A Portuguese and French national, Mr. Pimenta holds an engineering degree from the École Polytechnique, Paris, and a post-graduate degree from the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées.


Alexander Stubb

Vice President, European Investment Bank

Alexander Stubb is VP of EIB since August 2017. His oversights include the Bank’s financing activities in the Nordics, Baltics and a number of Eastern European countries;   Funding & Treasury; EU Multiannual Financial Framework; Security & Defence; Corporate Responsibility; Gender Equality and Diversity & Inclusion. Mr. Stubb served as Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Foreign Minister, Trade and Europe Minister of Finland. His background is in academia and civil service, with a focus on EU affairs. He was a member of the European Parliament from 2004-2008, a government minister from 2008-16, a member of parliament from 2011-2017 and chairman of the National Coalition Party from 2014-16. He holds a PhD from the London School of Economics.