Advisory Committee

Wendy Werner

Ms. Wendy Werner is International Finance Corporation’s Country Manager for, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal, based in Dhaka. She is responsible for overseeing, developing and managing IFC’s strategy, client relationships and, delivering IFC’s portfolio of $800 million investment transactions focused on infrastructure, financial services and growing real sector portfolio. The IFC engagement includes a $51 million program, providing technical advice on competitive manufacturing, agribusiness and resource efficiency while improving financing for SME’s and implementing pivotal investment climate reforms.

Prior to moving to the South Asia region, Ms. Werner was the manager for Trade and Competitiveness Advisory Services for the East Asia Pacific region, focusing on improving investment climate, strengthening competitiveness in agribusiness and regional trade and investment policy in more than 15 countries. With IFC, she has worked in Tajikistan and the Western Balkans.

Ms. Wendy Werner holds a BA from Grinnell College in Iowa, USA and an MBA/MA from George Washington University; she is a CFA Charter-holder and an active CFA institute volunteer.

Gareth Weir

Gareth is currently Deputy Head of the UK Government Department for International Development in Nepal having previously worked in Mozambique. Prior to DFID, Gareth worked for over 10 years for Accenture including 3 years for their non-profit arm Accenture Development Partnerships. He has also been involved in two start-ups.

Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante

Kruskaia is head of Blended Finance for Climate, Climate Business Department at IFC.  She is a graduate of Princeton University.