ETHIOPIS TAFARA Vice President for Corporate Risk and Sustainability and General Counsel
Ethiopis Tafara is Vice President for Corporate Risk and Sustainability and General Counsel of IFC. In this capacity, he helps ensure that IFC takes a comprehensive approach to risk management and transaction approval. He oversees IFC’s management of transactional and portfolio risks and provides corporate leadership regarding environmental, social, and governance issues related to IFC projects. He also oversees IFC’s legal services and special operations.
Mr. Tafara, who joined IFC in April 2013, brings a distinguished set of skills and experience to this position. Before joining IFC, he was the Director of the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that capacity he provided advice on all international legal and policy issues that had an impact on the SEC’s regulatory, supervisory, and enforcement programs. He also oversaw an extensive technical assistance and capacity-building program focused on helping strengthen regulation and oversight in emerging markets. He was the principal SEC representative dealing with foreign policy-makers, foreign regulators, and international institutions, and during his time at the SEC, he served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and Chairman of the Public Interest Oversight Board Monitoring Group, which oversees the public-interest activities of the International Federation of Accountants. He also served as the SEC Deputy to the Financial Stability Board and the IFRS Foundation Monitoring Board.
Mr. Tafara is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on Regulation of International Securities Markets.
Before joining the SEC, Mr. Tafara worked at the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission as Counsel to the Chairman, and in the Chief Counsel’s Office of the Division of Enforcement. He started his legal career in the Brussels office of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen, and Hamilton.
He has written a number of articles in leading journals, including the Harvard International Law Journal and the Georgetown Journal of International Law on topics such as cross-border investor access, market regulations in developing countries, and corporate governance.
Mr. Tafara holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an AB from Princeton University. He is married and has two sons.