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GBBC & GDF Global Leaders Series with Irene Arias Hofman
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
Join us for the next GBBC & GDF Global Leaders Series featuring Irene Arias Hofman, CEO of IDB Lab, the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group, which is the leading source of financing for improving lives in Latin America and the Caribbean.
In this episode, GBBC COO Mercina Tillemann will sit down with Irene to discuss her work leading market-driven solutions to transform the lives of populations that are vulnerable due to economic, social or environmental factors, including the IDB-backed alliance to deploy blockchain solutions for the public sector, LACChain.
Irene Arias Hofman Bio:
Irene Arias Hofman, a Spanish national, was appointed CEO of IDB Lab, the IDB Group innovation laboratory, in January 2018. Irene leads a purpose-driven multidisciplinary team that fosters innovation for inclusion in Latin America and the Caribbean. Under her direction, the lab uses tools of financing, knowledge, and connections to co-create projects and support entrepreneurship. IDB Lab looks for market-driven solutions able to transform the lives of populations that are vulnerable due to economic, social or environmental factors.
Previously, she developed her career working for more than 20 years with the World Bank Group, specifically with the IFC, the largest international development institution focused on the private sector. There, Irene had investment responsibilities with global reach and also focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. She managed the IFC’s largest portfolio – US$ 16 billion – and annual investment programs of more than US$ 6 billion. Her focus has been on innovation, venture capital, and fintech.
Irene holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Carlos III University in Madrid, an M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, and an M.A. in Advanced European Studies from the College of Europe. She is a CFA® Charterholder.
The Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC) and Global Digital Finance (GDF) have partnered to host a weekly webinar series with leaders in government and technology to get their read on the current global situation, emerging technologies, and field questions from members of the community.