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Female executives are making a big impact at EBRD

Female executives are making a big impact at EBRD

The EBRD knows that its success is founded on recruiting people who share its values and are driven to make a positive impact. If recruited by 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 on the EBRD's Executive Committee who ensure the Bank is the unique financial institution that it is today.

Betsy Nelson, EBRD Vice President Risk and Compliance and Chief Risk Officer

Betsy Nelson (picture above) has a proven track record in risk management and driving organisational change, as well as in developing effective teams and promoting employee development.

Betsy 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.

She is also an advocate of the EBRD's Women in Business programme, which gives finance and advice for women entrepreneurs in the EBRD's regions of operation, such as Kazakhstan.

Marie-Anne Birken, EBRD General Counsel

Marie-Anne 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.

She 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, EBRD Managing Director, Corporate Strategy

Alexia Latortue has 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.  

Alexia has 20 years’ experience in international development and financial systems 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.

Beata Javorcik, EBRD Chief Economist


Beata Javorcik is responsible for advising the President and other senior members of the Bank’s management team on economic issues of strategic or operational relevance to the EBRD regions.

Beata specializes in international trade. Her research interests focus on determinants and consequences of inflows of foreign direct investment, implications of services liberalisation, evaluation of investment promotion programmes, propagation of shock through production networks and evasion of import duties. Her research has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of the European Economic Association, Review of Economics and Statistics, European Economic Review, Economic Journal, Journal of International Economics and Journal of Development Economics.

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