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Alzbeta Klein

Director and Global Head of Climate Business International Finance Corporation (IFC)

As Director and Global Head of IFC’s Climate Business, Alzbeta Klein’s role is to provide thought leadership, fundraising and facilitation of all the work related to renewables, climate-smart agriculture, green bonds and other climate business areas. Prior to her current appointment, she was a Director and Global Co-head of the Agribusiness, Manufacturing and Services Investments group where she managed over $13 billion of assets in emerging markets, leading a group of 400 bankers in 60 IFC offices worldwide. During the past 20 years, Ms Klein has worked in many areas of IFC and rose through the ranks, including serving for two years as the Chief of Staff to IFC’s former CEO Lars Thunell. She headed IFC’s business growth in Eastern Europe in the early 2000s, led work in several industry sectors across IFC, and originated the Food Fund, which created the base of blended finance and impact investment for IFC. Ms Klein joined IFC from the Export Development Corporation in Canada and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC). She received a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Ottawa, where she also studied for her doctorate. She also has an Engineering degree from Prague University in the Czech Republic, and executive education from Harvard Business School and INSEAD. She holds a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.