Karin Finkelston is IFC’s first Vice President for Asia Pacific. She leads a team of more than 600 staff working across nearly 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.
Under Ms. Finkelston’s leadership, the Asia Pacific region delivered a record $4.5 billion of investments in fiscal year 2012 (which ended June 30). Her focus has been Asia Pacific’s frontier regions, with more than half of IFC's investments supporting private sector development in the poorest countries. By leveraging IFC's investment and advisory work, Ms. Finkelston is leading IFC’s efforts in Asia Pacific to expand the private sector's role in reducing climate change, while promoting sustainable urbanization, inclusive rural growth, and South-South investments.
Ms. Finkelston joined IFC in 1996 and was appointed Country Manager for 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 and the Pacific, responsible for both IFC’s investment and advisory programs. Under her leadership, the East Asia and the Pacific investment volume doubled from around $1 billion before 2008 to close to $2 billion in fiscal year 2011.
Prior to joining IFC, Ms. Finkelston was a Vice President at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Co. in New York and Hong Kong and Manager at KPMG Consulting in Hanoi, Vietnam. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College.