Asia Pacific, International Finance Corporation
Karin Finkelston is IFC’s first Vice President for Asia Pacific. She leads a team of more than 600 staff working across around 30 countries. Her responsibilities include overseeing IFC’s investment and advisory programs as well as maintaining relationships with key government and private sector partners in the region.
Ms Finkelston joined IFC in 1996 and was appointed Country Manager China and Mongolia in 2000. In this capacity she oversaw the launch of IFC’s China Advisory Services Program and grew IFC’s investments to $650 million annually. In 2006, she moved to Hong Kong as Associate Director and later was appointed Director for East Asia Pacific, responsible for both IFC’s investment and advisory programs.
Under her leadership, the East Asia Pacific investment volume doubled from around $1 billion before 2008 to close to $2 billion in fiscal year 2011.