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 six 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.


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 $625 million. 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 $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 a five-year diploma in physics from Tbilisi State University, Georgia.




Leila Search
Lead, LAC & TradeTech
Leila leads IFC’s FinTech Investments in Latin America and Trade Tech. Leila has 15+ years of experience in financial services investments and technology. She has a passion for early stage venture capital investments in technology. Leila is actively engaged in the Latin America FinTech companies, investors, and networks for entrepreneurs. 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 MA and BA in International Affairs from American University, and an M.S. in Finance. She is currently based in Washington, DC.



Shinya Yoshino
Portfolio Manager
Global FinTech & TMT
Shinya Yoshino joined IFC in 2007 and has more than 10 years’ experience in TMT sectors in Japan, the 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.


Joanna Abousleiman
Investment Officer
Joanna Abousleiman is an 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
Associate Investment Officer
Irene is an Associate Investment Officer based in Washington, DC. Before 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.


Koshu Kunii
Investment Analyst
Koshu is an Investment Analyst with the Global Fintech Investments Group in Washington, DC. Previously, Koshu worked for the OECD in Paris, where he provided investment policy analysis and advisory with a focus on emerging market economies. He also worked for Scotiabank in Mexico City, covering project finance deals. He holds an economics and finance master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).




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).


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.


Johannesburg – South Africa


Rostan Schwab
Lead, Africa
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.

Elom Lassey
Investment Officer
Elom is an Investment Officer for the IFC Fintech Investments Group based in Johannesburg. Before joining IFC, Elom was part of the founding team of PAE, a private equity supported investment platform, and a Principal at Satya Capital in London where he was responsible for making and managing private equity investments in Africa in a range of sectors. Elom began his finance career with Goldman Sachs International in London, where he was an Associate in the Leveraged Finance team working on financing debt and hybrid equity transactions for private equity investors and corporates in the EMEA region. Elom holds a Global Executive MBA from Insead and a BSc in Economics from University College London.