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Neside Tas Anvaripour

Partner, Energy Infrastructure, The Abraaj Group

BSc in Finance, Ankara University, Turkey; MA in Economics and Policy Management, Columbia University, New York. Twenty-six years of industry experience, including 10 in public sector finance in Asia and 16 in corporate and project finance in Africa and North America. Formerly with: Arthur Andersen; PricewaterhouseCoopers. With the African Development Bank: four years as Head, Private Infrastructure Finance; Currently, Director of Business Development; also Team Leader in charge of structuring, fundraising and establishing Africa50, a pan- African infrastructure vehicle expected to become Africa's largest and most significant. Has closed over $6 billion in infrastructure projects in key emerging markets. World Bank Fellow. Nominated one of the Top 5 Most Outstanding Women of the Year, African Business Awards, African Business Magazine and the Commonwealth Business Council (2012); recipient, Excellence in in Development Finance award, Homestrings, for dedication and in novative thinking in advancing development finance in Africa (2013). Commander, National Order of the Legion of Honor/National Order of Merit of the Republic of Ivory Coast (2014)