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Female executives are making a big impact at EBRD

EBRD knows that its success is founded on recruiting people who share their values and are driven to make a positive impact. If recruited for the EBRD, you'll be working with highly-talented individuals and recognised leaders in their field, who believe strongly in the economic and social development of the countries where EBRD operates

Meet the women who ensure EBRD is the unique financial institution that it is today.

EBRD has a number of women on its Board of Directors

Betsy Nelson - Vice President Risk and Compliance and Chief Risk Officer

Betsy Nelson became the EBRD's Vice President Risk and Compliance and Chief Risk Officer in November 2016. She was previously Vice President of Risk. She is a member of the Bank's Executive Committee.

Ms Nelson joined the EBRD in March 2012 as Vice President of the then combined Risk and Resources (Human Resources, Administrative Services and IT) and has extensive experience in the financial sector.

For the three years prior to joining the EBRD, she was the Head of Credit Department in the Risk Specialists Division of the Financial Services Authority (FSA, now PRA) in the United Kingdom, where she built the Authority’s first Credit Department with a team of wholesale, retail, structured finance and Basel credit model experts. Before this she had a career spanning 30 years at JPMorgan Chase. She has worked most of her career in Europe and the UK. In her last 10 years at JPMorgan Chase, she held a number of senior management positions, including Head of Corporate Banking and Head of Client Credit Management, both for the EMEA region.

Ms Nelson has a proven track record in risk management and driving organisational change, as well as in developing effective teams and promoting employee development. She has served as Co-Chair of the City Women’s Club. In 2007 she was awarded “Champion Award” from the UK Business in The Community for her work in diversity at JPMorgan Chase. Elizabeth Nelson has a BA in Spanish from the University of Minnesota and holds an MBA from the Thunderbird School of International Management.

Marie-Anne Birken - General Counsel

Marie-Anne Birken was appointed General Counsel at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in June 2014.  Ms Birken is a member of the Executive Committee and various other committees of the Bank.

Ms Birken joined the EBRD from the Asian Development Bank where she was The Secretary and previously served as Deputy General Counsel and as Assistant General Counsel responsible for private sector operations. Ms Birken has extensive emerging markets experience and lived and worked in Asia from 1995 until 2014. She was previously a partner in two international law firms and held the position of regional general counsel at Barclays Bank where she supported corporate banking activities in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Ms Birken is a Dutch national; she has a Master’s degree in law from the University of Utrecht and also qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales.

Alexia Latortue - Managing Director, Corporate Strategy

Alexia Latortue joined the EBRD in April 2017 as Managing Director for Corporate Strategy with overall responsibility for formulating corporate strategy, including advising the President on strategic options for the Bank and developing the Bank’s core strategic documents. She also manages relationships with other international financial institutions and leads on cross-departmental special initiatives.  Ms Latortue is a member of the Executive Committee.

Alexia Latortue has 20 years’ experience in international development and financial systems development. Prior to joining the EBRD, Alexia Latortue was the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Development Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  She oversaw the United States’ participation in the multilateral development banks (MDBs), the G20 Development Working Group, and the Paris Club as well as Treasury’s engagement in Financing for Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.  Ms Latortue advised on strategies to advance inclusive growth and poverty reduction internationally and to modernize the MDBs’ effectiveness, efficiency, financial capacity, and governance. She also led the replenishment negotiations of the concessional windows of the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the African Development Bank.
Before Treasury, Ms Latortue spent 10 years with the World Bank where her last assignment was Deputy CEO of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a unit dedicated to advancing financial inclusion. Prior to that, Ms Latortue served in several development-related positions focused on financial inclusion, economic policy reform, and private sector development.

An American national, Ms Latortue grew up in Puerto Rico, West Africa and Austria. She has lived and worked in France, Haiti, and the United States. Ms Latortue received her M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and her B.S. from Georgetown University.

EBRD has a number of women on its Leadership Teams

Janet Heckman - Managing Director, Southern and Eastern Mediterranean (SEMED) ...more


Natalia Khanjenkova - Managing Director for Central Asia and Russia ...more


Nandita Parshad - Managing Director, Energy & Natural Resources ...more


Lisa Rosen - Chief Compliance Officer ...more 


Kanako Sekine - Managing Director, Portfolio ...more


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