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Khawaja Aftab Ahmed

Regional Director - Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan, IFC

Khawaja Aftab Ahmed as Regional Director, Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, MCT, based in Amman, Jordan.

Aftab, a Pakistani national, has 33 years development banking experience including 25 years at IFC. He has held various managerial positions, including Regional Manager, Financial Institutions Group, Middle East and North Africa, Director, Financial Institutions Group & Private Equity Funds, Europe, Middle East and North Africa, and most recently, Director, Investment and Credit Risk. He has well rounded experience in building new business, portfolio management and advisory services across sectors and was instrumental in growing strategic business and new products.

As IFC Regional Director, Middle East, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, MCT, Aftab’s top priorities will be to: (i) lead efforts to grow impactful business in the region supporting the regions’ economic diversification and its IDA/FCS countries; (ii) develop and nurture strong relationships with key stakeholders, including private sector, governments, partner IFIs, and Sovereign Wealth Funds; (iii), support south-south investment to help strategic clients in the GCC expand and diversify to other parts of the region and beyond; and, (iv) contribute to the success of the new MCT VPU by building a high performing team and articulating and implementing the VPU’s strategy.

Aftab holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi and MBA in Finance from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, Pakistan.

Aftab was selected to this position through the World Bank Group competitive managerial selection process. His appointment date will be announced shortly.

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