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.

Nathanael Bevan

Nathanael Bevan is the Deputy Head of DFID Nepal and leads the office’s work on Economic Development. Prior to taking up this role, he was Deputy Head of DFID’s Evidence Department with a particular focus on improving how DFID uses rigorous evidence to inform spending decisions. He also held the position of DFID’s Head of Profession for Government Social Research. He has extensive experience in working with partner country governments to support improvements to their use of data and research to tackle priority development challenges. Nathanael is a Social Researcher by background and has held a range of analytical roles across government including in the Home Office, Treasury, and in crime and policing.

Kruskaia Sierra-Escalante

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