ETHIOPIS TAFARA Vice President and General Counsel
Ethiopis Tafara is Vice President and General Counsel of IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and a member of the Management Team. He has overall responsibility for all legal matters and oversees IFC’s provision of legal services to internal and external clients.
Mr. Tafara, who joined IFC in April 2013, brings a distinguished set of skills and experience to this key position. Prior to 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 Commission’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 Commission representative dealing with foreign policy-makers, foreign regulators, and international institutions, including the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), and the Financial Stability Board.
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.
Mr. Tafara holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center and an AB from Princeton University. He is married and has two sons.