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IFC Names Saran Kebet-Koulibaly Regional Director for Western and Central Africa

Dakar, Senegal February 12, 2014 —IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, today announced the appointment Saran Kebet-Koulibaly as Director for West and Central Africa. She will be based in Dakar, Senegal, covering 23 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa .
Jean Philippe Prosper, IFC Vice President for Sub-Saharan Africa, said, “Saran Kebet-Koulibaly knows Africa and brings significant global experience to expand IFC’s business in the region through innovative projects with high impact on the economies and people of Africa.”
IFC offers a range of investment and advisory services that play a catalytic role for private investment in many sectors, including infrastructure and agribusiness, and supports small and medium enterprises and inclusive and sustainable development.
Kebet-Koulibaly said, “IFC will put our global experience to work to build the private sector in Africa. We aim to focus on innovative, private sector solutions that respond to development needs, catalyzing and mobilizing domestic and international private investment in Africa.”
After a career in the private sector, Kebet-Koulibaly was recruited to the World Bank’s Young Professional Program in 1985. She joined IFC in 1993 and held various roles with IFC in Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia. In 2004, she became Associate Director and Country Representative in Brazil, where she participated in the development of one of IFC’s most important and innovative national programs—enhancing the visibility and sustainability of IFC in the Brazilian market. Prior to her new appointment, she served as Global Director for workouts and special assets.
Kebet-Koulibaly holds a masters degree in economics from the University of California, and is Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
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