Stacy Swann is passionate about the issue of climate change. She has close to two decades of experience in finance, fund management and development, including with the World Bank Group and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank and one of the leading investors and lenders into emerging markets promoting sustainable private sector investment in developing countries.
While at IFC, Stacy was Head of IFC’s Blended Finance unit where she was responsible for managing and investing more than $750 million in donor funding for climate-smart investments, including managing the investment team that structured, negotiated and executed investments on behalf of donors, thereby “blending” public and private capital.
In establishing the Blended Finance Unit, she also led the development of IFC’s corporate polices for blending public funds across all sectors, including approaches to structuring concessional investments effectively to maximize private capital while creating meaningful impact. She also supported World Bank Group efforts to work with policy makers on issues related to climate finance, climate-smart fiscal policies and incorporating practical policy and investment approaches to managing climate risk.
Prior to joining the World Bank Group, she worked in the private sector as a developer of infrastructure projects in India and Singapore.
She is a co-founder of the Global Adaptation and Resilience Investment (GARI) working group which has convened over 150 private investors and other stakeholders to discuss practical approaches to financing adaptation and resilience investment.
She is also a coach to finalists of the Finance for Resilience (FiRe) Awards, a platform to crowdsource and champion new ideas to accelerate finance for climate-smart, resilient investments, including clean energy, low-carbon infrastructure, and sustainable cities.
Stacy holds an MBA in finance and development economics from American University’s Kogod School of Business, a Master’s degree from Harvard University, and a Bachelor’s degree from The City University of New York/Hunter College.