Mary Porter Peschka is the Director of Advisory Solutions at IFC, a member of the World Bank Group and the largest global development institution focused on the private sector in emerging markets. Advisory Solutions manages and delivers expertise and programmes which are cross-cutting in nature. These include helping clients develop competitive, clean, high-quality and affordable energy and water solutions; working with clients to enhance the performance of SMEs in their value chains, as well as strengthening SME performance at a market and sector level especially in more challenging markets (fragile states); supporting national and municipal governments to design and implement public-private partnerships to improve public access to electricity, water and sanitation, roads, health, and education; and helping women entrepreneurs gain improved access to finance, markets and networks for their businesses.
Ms Porter Peschka joined IFC in 2004, and has previously served as Head of Advisory Services in Latin America & the Caribbean and Head of Sustainable Business Advisory in the Middle East & North Africa. Prior to joining IFC, she held various positions in the public and private sectors, including at Market Access International, an economic development consulting firm; St. Genevieve Group, a group of international mining companies; and the US Agency for International Development.
Ms Porter Peschka holds a Bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, an MSc from the London School of Economics, and an MBA from the University of Oxford. She was a Term Member in the Council on Foreign Relations.