SAADIA KHAIRI Vice President, Risk Management and Portfolio
Saadia Khairi is IFC’s Vice President, Risk Management and Portfolio, and a member of the Management Team. She provides leadership to IFC’s Investment and Credit Review, Special Operations, Integrated Risk Management, Portfolio and Operational Risk, and to Regional Risk Management across IFC’s three regional vice-presidencies.
A dual citizen of Pakistan and the United Kingdom, Ms. Khairi is a seasoned executive with a diverse career background in risk, banking, capital markets, project finance, and private equity. She was most recently Senior Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Manara Equity Partners, a private equity fund Manager based in Bahrain. Prior to that, she spent more than 23 years with Citibank and Citigroup in London, New York, Karachi, Hong Kong, and Dubai.
At Citigroup, Ms. Khairi was responsible for a number of innovative project financing deals, including Pakistan’s landmark Hub Power Project, which in 1994, was the first to use the World Bank’s Partial Risk Guarantee under the Enhanced Co-financing Operation. Under her leadership, Citigroup’s Asia-Pacific project finance and structured trade team completed 77 financing or advisory projects with a total value of $42 billion, winning 51 deal awards across the region.
Ms. Khairi also held several senior positions in Citigroup’s Risk Management Group, including Head of the Global Structured Portfolio Management teams covering Asia, Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Subsequently, she established and led the Risk Management Group for Underwriting, Distribution, Conflicts, and Structured Products for the Asia Pacific region.
Ms. Khairi holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from the University of Sussex, and three graduate degrees—an M.A. and an M. Phil. in History, and an MBA in International Business—from Columbia University.