The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Group) has appointed Ramiro López-Gio As Country Representative in Colombia, as of May 1, 2023.
López-Gio, an Argentine national, will lead the operations of the Islamic Development Bank Group representing the Islamic Development Bank in Colombia, working closely with government officials, the private sector, and other organizations focused on promoting the country’s growth.
“I am very excited to return to Colombia to continue supporting the country’s sustainable, green and inclusive growth, and to contribute to the Islamic Development Bank Group’s financial and technical solutions to improve the lives of Colombians,” said Ramiro López-Gio.
The IDB group consists of IDB, IDB Invest and IDB Lab, that generate impact in the region through governments, the private sector, and innovative entrepreneurs, respectively.
Ramiro Lopez-Gio joined the Islamic Development Bank in 2008. He was previously the Country Representative of the Islamic Development Bank Group in Belize, between 2020 and 2023, where he was responsible for managing dialogue with government authorities, the private sector and civil society, and led the group’s stakes in that country .
López-Ghio has extensive experience accompanying Colombia’s development, having served as Chief Operating Officer (2018-2020). He has also served as a Senior Specialist in the Department of Municipal and Financial Management and as Coordinator of the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (2013-20).
Prior to joining the Islamic Development Bank, he was a consultant to the World Bank in the Public Sector Unit for Latin America and the Caribbean, and served as Prime Minister and Presidency of the Argentine Republic on projects funded by the world. Bank.
López-Ghio has a degree in Economics from the National University of La Plata (Argentina), master’s studies in Economics from the University of Torcuato de Tila (Argentina) and Political Economy from the University of Warwick (UK). He holds a PhD in Business from the University of Warwick Business School.
What is the Islamic Development Bank Group?
The Islamic Development Bank Group is the main source of development financing in Latin America and the Caribbean. The group helps improve lives by providing financial solutions and development insights to clients in both the public and private sectors. The group is made up of the Islamic Development Bank, which has worked with governments for more than 60 years. IDB Invest, that cooperate with the private sector; and the IDB Lab, which is testing innovative ways to drive more inclusive growth.
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With information from Agence France-Presse.
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