Mr. Ethiopis Tafara is Vice President and Chief Risk, Legal and Administrative Officer for the World Bank Group’s Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). He joined MIGA in September 2019 and is responsible for the supervision and oversight of MIGA’s Finance and Risk Management Group, the Economics & Sustainability Group and the Legal Affairs & Claims Group. He also oversees MIGA Partnerships, with an aim to leverage strategic alliances and promote greater investment flows into emerging markets through more extensive risk coverage.
Prior to joining MIGA, Mr. Tafara served as Vice President and General Counsel for the International Finance Corporation (IFC), where he was responsible for IFC’s non-financial risk management, including the Legal, Compliance and ESG functions. He joined IFC in 2013 from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he served as Director of the Office of International Affairs. Mr. Tafara is a recognized thought leader on the regulatory and governance standards underpinning global securities markets. In addition to having practiced as a regulatory lawyer for close to 20 years, he has also advised developing countries on legal and regulatory reform, held positions in international bodies, and adjunct professorship at Georgetown University, and published in leading publications such as the Harvard Law Review.