Ms. Celaya is a co-founder of Avanz Capital where she is CEO and CIO. She is an accomplished investment manager with 35 years of emerging markets expertise, including as the head of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC’s) Private Equity and Investment Funds Group and Chairperson of the IFC Global Funds Investment Committee for six years. She is a former Regional Director for the IFC in Sub-Saharan Africa and headed the Latin America Financial Institutions Group. During her tenure at the IFC, Ms. Celaya was responsible for numerous direct investment transactions. She served on several advisory committees for IFCʼs portfolio funds.
Ms. Celaya helped establish the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and served on its Advisory Committee from 2004-2010. She was also responsible for cementing IFC’s reputation as a leading global emerging markets fund investor and promoter of the asset class through its premier annual conference (www.globalpeconference.com). Prior to joining IFC in 1991, she worked in international banking for ten years.