FinTech Team Details

Washington D.C. (Headquarters)


Andi Dervishi
Fintech Global Head
Andi leads IFC’s FinTech Investment Group. An entrepreneur at heart, he loves helping management build companies as an equity investor. He started investing in his native country Albania in financial services, real estate, retail, and manufacturing. While with IFC he has been investing around the world in over 20 countries and for the past 6 years he and his team have focused exclusively on Fintech helping IFC build the largest such dedicated portfolio in emerging markets. Andi is an ardent student of money and takes long term views on the future of financial infrastructure, retail baking, lending and eventually money itself. He has a BS Summa Cum Laude in English University of Tirana and an MBA from Emory University in the USA.


Kai Martin Schmidt
Principal Investment Officer
Lead, Lending, LatAm
Kai leads IFC’s Fintech investments in Latin America and Africa. Before joining IFC, Kai led the Remittance Team at the Payment Systems Development Group of the World Bank where he was advising governments, central banks and multilateral organizations on payment system regulation and policy. Amongst other things he led the groups advisory work with the G20 on market and regulatory issues. Previously, Kai co-founded and later became Executive Vice President and COO of MFIC, a financial service provider in the US. Kai created and managed the company’s international payment platform (ARIAS) that offers automated payment capabilities to over 90 countries. Kai holds a JD from University of Hamburg and an MBA from Henley.


Farooq Jaffrey
Principal Industry Specialist
Lead, Capital Markets
Farooq has over 20 years of combined fintech and investment banking experience. He began his career at Bankers Trust, New York and later became head of credit structuring at Merrill Lynch, London. He was subsequently partner at CreditTrade, a London-based internet pioneer of e-trading of OTC derivatives which exited, after combining with Creditex, for $625m. He later founded Traccr, a multi-bank-to-client structured products price discovery and distribution platform which signed 14 major fixed income market makers and 50+ buy-side accounts. Recently, he was partner at Kualitatem, a top 10 globally ranked IT consultancy providing quality assurance and testing services. He holds BSc and MBA degrees from Columbia University.


Kareem A. Aziz
Lead, Europe and MENA

Kareem Abdel Aziz is a founding member of IFC's Global Fintech Group. He is the global payments lead for IFC and also leads IFC's fintech investments in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East (EMENA). Kareem has over 20 years of investment and consulting experience and has been personally responsible for more than US$1.25 billion in investments, globally. He has extensive investment experience in Latin America, South Asia and the Middle East. He has invested across a wide range of asset classes, including senior, mezzanine and venture debt, as well as early and late stage equity. He has a passion for early stage venture capital investments, but is always on the lookout for intriguing and transformational investment opportunities. Kareem is actively engaged on the boards of Yellowpepper Mobile Financial Solutions, a mobile payment company in Latin America, and Fawry, an electronic bill payment company in the Middle East. Kareem has an MBA from Columbia University and a BS from Rutgers University. He is currently based in Washington DC.

Kareem is actively engaged on the boards of Yellowpepper Mobile Financial Solutions, a mobile payment company in Latin America, and Fawry, an electronic bill payment company in the Middle East.

Kareem has an MBA from Columbia University and a BS from Rutgers University. He is currently based in Washington DC.


Levan Shalamberidze
Senior Investment Officer - Lead, Insurtech
Levan Shalamberidze is a senior investment professional at Financial Institutions Group (FIG) of IFC. He has over 15 years of investment experience globally including landmark equity, debt and structured finance transactions in banking, insurance, microfinance and fintech. Levan currently leads the insurtech investment vertical within FIG and also works on digital banking transactions. Levan is a Georgian national and has an MBA from London Business School, MS in information science from St. John’s University, NY and 5-year diploma in physics from Tbilisi State University, Georgia.




Leila Search
Investment Officer
Leila has 15+ years of experience in financial services investments and technology. She leads investments for IFC in FinTech companies globally and actively manages those investee companies. Prior to IFC she worked at both Bank of America in financial lending and structured products, and the World Bank Group in financial sector development in emerging markets. Leila also had a previous career in technology and development that contributes to her enthusiasm for financial technology innovation. She holds and M.A. and B.A. International Affairs from American University, and an M.S. in Finance. She is currently based in Washington, D.C.



Takao Takahashi
Investment Officer

Takao Takahashi is an investment officer at IFC. He focuses on equity investment in fintech companies globally, having closed deals in insurtech, lending and payment companies. Till 2015, he was based in IFC Jakarta office, covering FIG clients in Southeast Asia. Previously, he worked for McKinsey based in Frankfurt, focusing on financial sector. He also worked in Bhutan for financial inclusion and Gross National Happiness. Takao is a Japanese national and has a Master of Foreign Service from Georgetown University.


Shinya Yoshino
Investment Officer
Global FinTech & TMT
Shinya Yoshino joined IFC in 2007 and has over 10 years’ experience in TMT sectors in Japan, US, Asia, Latin America and other emerging markets. At IFC, Shinya focuses on early stage/growth investments and debt financing for Fintech and TMT companies mainly in Asia. Prior to joining IFC, Shinya was an assistant manager at Mitsubishi Corporation, where he was responsible for investments in IT businesses, business development, and strategic partnerships. Shinya holds a BA from Keio University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Erica Bressan
Associate Investment Officer
Erica is an Associate Investment Officer with the Global Fintech Investments Group in Washington, DC. Previously, she was Capital Markets Manager at Zopa – the world’s first peer-to-peer lending platform – where she managed institutional investors and completed two securitizations of marketplace-originated consumer loans. Erica started her finance career with Bank of America Merrill Lynch in London, first in the corporate banking department, then in debt capital markets – specializing in liability management. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Finance, and a Master’s Degree in Finance from Bocconi University (Milan, Italy). She speaks Italian, English and Spanish.


Robert Hamlin
Associate Investment Officer
Robert (“Bob”) Hamlin is an Associate Investment Officer with the Global Fintech Investments Group in Washington, DC. Previously, Bob served as an Investment Analyst in IFC’s Infrastructure & Natural Resources Department. He first gained experience covering fintech with Marlin & Associates, a New York-based boutique investment bank, where he served as a buyside advisor for the New York Stock Exchange’s technology division prior to its merger with Intercontinental Exchange. Bob began his career with Goldman Sachs as an investment banker advising infrastructure clients on public-private partnerships and debt financing solutions. Bob received an AB in Social Studies from Harvard University, where he graduated cum laude with High Honors in the field, and an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is also a CFA Charterholder.


Joanna Abousleiman
Associate Investment Officer
Joanna Abousleiman is an Associate Investment Officer based in Washington, DC, and covers fintech opportunities globally. Prior to IFC, Joanna was a strategy consultant at Booz & Company based in Abu Dhabi, working with public and private sector clients across the Middle East and North Africa. Joanna holds an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an AB in Economics and International Relations from Brown University.


Irene Song
Investment Analyst
Irene is an Investment Analyst based in Washington D.C. Prior to joining IFC in 2016, Irene worked in Global Investment Research at Goldman Sachs based in London, where she specialized in the Construction & Building Materials sector and had primary coverage of mid-cap European construction & cement companies. She holds an MPhil in Economics from Oxford University and a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics.


Raquel Hamzem
Program Assistant
Raquel Hamzem is the program assistant for the IFC Fintech Investment Group. Previously, she worked for the Agribusiness department in the IFC Sao Paulo Country Office. Before joining the International Finance Corporation, Raquel was the executive assistant for the Deutsche Bank Capital Markets Department in Brazil. She holds a Certificate in Business Administration from INSPER Institute in Sao Paulo and a BA in Social Communication. Raquel is a Brazilian national.




Stephanie Leydier
Principal Investment Officer
Global FinTech
Stephanie joined IFC in 2006 as an Investment Officer and has over 15 years’ experience in the infrastructures and TMT sectors in Africa, Asia, Middle East and Latin America. Stephanie focuses on early stage/growth investments and debt financing for Fintech companies globally. Before joining IFC, Stephanie worked for 3 years as an advisor to the Executive Director representing France at the Board of IFC and for 6 years in project finance in emerging markets with Proparco, the French Investment Corporation, working on debt and equity transactions in the telecoms, power, transport and water sector in Africa and East Asia. Stephanie has a Master degree in Economics and a Master degree in Finance from the Centre for Studies and Research in International Development (CERDI) in France.


Henrik Bläute
Investment Officer
Lead, Cross Border Payments
Henrik joined IFC in 2011 and he covers FinTech companies globally. Previously, he was a consultant with Roland Berger, specializing in operational efficiency and financial services. He also worked for a European tech startup where he focused on strategic projects and M&A activities. Henrik holds an M.A. from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), and he is also a CFA charter holder.


Mariyam Zhumadil
Associate Investment Officer
Mariyam joined IFC's Financial Institutions Group in 2017. Previously, she has held various positions in the financial institutions in the emerging markets with her most recent role as an associate banker at EBRD covering Russia, Caucasus and Central Asia. Mariyam is a CFA charterholder, and has an MBA from Kellogg School of Management and a Master of Accounting degree from Stephen M. Ross School of Business.


Marianne Chin
Investment Analyst
Marianne is an Investment Analyst based in Singapore. Prior to joining the IFC, Marianne was part of the Morgan Stanley (Singapore) Equity Research team, where she analyzed the consumer sector in the ASEAN region. She holds a Bachelor in Business Administration (Finance) and Bachelor of Social Sciences (Psychology) from Singapore Management University.


Beijing - China


Weichuan Xu
Senior Investment Officer


Mumbai - India


Anup Kumar
Senior Investment Officer
Anup has almost 20 years of experience in equity, debt, structured transactions, exits, portfolio management, credit rating, and consulting across sectors with deep experience in financial sector. Anup is currently working as Regional Lead, South Asia, Fintech Investments and Senior Investment Officer in IFC, leading investments (both equity and debt) in the financial sector and fintech in South Asia. During the last ten years in IFC, he has led investments across the financial services space in India, including bank, NBFC, microfinance, housing finance, broking, Asset Reconstruction Company (ARC), PE/VC fund, etc. Prior to joining IFC, he worked as Group Head - Credit and Deputy General Manager in ICICI Bank for infrastructure, metals, mining, real estate, construction, NBFCs, etc. and as Assistant General Manager with ICRA Limited (a leading credit rating agency of India owned by Moody's Investors Service) focusing on credit rating across sectors and strategy/risk consulting. Anup is a Chartered Accountant (Rank Holder) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (ICFAI-India-Silver Medalist).


Varun Bhandari
Associate Investment Officer
Varun works with the IFC Fintech and Venture Capital teams, focusing on South Asia. He has evaluated a number of deals in mobile internet, digital health and fintech. Previously he worked for Lok Capital, a financial services focused impact fund in New Delhi, and Deutsche Bank's Financial Institutions Group in London.


Dubai - UAE


Anissah Kanoun (Anissa)
Associate Investment Officer
Anissa is an Associate Investment Officer/YPP on the FinTech and Venture Capital teams at IFC. Her prior experience includes investment banking at Goldman Sachs, impact investing, and emerging market Private Equity. She attended Wharton for her MBA and earned a BA degree in Science, Technology & Society from Stanford University. She is a DC native of Tunisian and Egyptian descent and enjoys cooking, traveling, and foreign films.


Lagos - Nigeria


Amandine Lobelle
Associate Investment Officer
Amandine Lobelle is an Associate Investment Officer for the IFC FinTech investment team, based in Lagos. She has been covering FinTech investments across Sub-Saharan Africa for the last two years and was previously working from IFC HQ in Washington DC. Amandine also spent time with the IFC's public/private partnership infrastructure advisory team in Dakar, covering water and renewable energy projects in francophone West African countries. Amandine started her career in investment banking working for Morgan Stanley out of London and Johannesburg. She holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kenney School of Government, and a B.A. from Trinity College, Dublin, in Business & Economics.


Johannesburg – South Africa


Rostan Schwab
Senior Investment Officer
Rostan Schwab is Senior Investment Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) in charge of Fintech investments for Sub-Saharan Africa. Joined IFC in 2004 through the Global Transaction Team program, Rostan closed multiple advisory transactions, which led to the mobilization of over US$1 billion of private sector investments and worked on IFC’s North African Investments in the Telecommunications, Media and Technology sector. Prior to joining IFC, he had worked for Oliver Wyman as a strategy consultant and for Arthur Andersen as a auditor. Rostan holds a finance master from E.M. Lyon (France), a MBA from the Wharton School (USA), and a master in international studies from The Lauder Institute (University of Pennsylvania, USA). He also graduated from the National Music Academy of Strasbourg (France) in piano. Rostan speaks French, Portuguese, Spanish, German and English. He is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.