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Eme Essien Lore is Country Manager for the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) Nigeria office. IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, has grown its portfolio in Nigeria to over US$1.5bn in the past few years in a range of sectors including energy, manufacturing, healthcare and financial institutions.
As Country Manager, Ms. Lore oversees all of IFC’s investment and advisory activities in Nigeria. Ms. Lore first joined IFC in Washington in 1999 where she worked in the Oil, Gas & Chemicals Department. She then moved to the Nairobi office where she developed and processed business leads for a range of sectors and served on the Advisory and Executive Boards of IFC investee private equity funds and microfinance institutions in the East Africa region. She transitioned to advisory where, while based in Dakar, she took on oversight of an Africa-wide portfolio of SME investment and capacity building projects.
Ms. Lore left IFC in 2011 to join the Rockefeller Foundation’s Africa Regional Office in Nairobi where she supported the development and execution of several initiatives. She helped lead the strategic development and implementation of Digital Jobs Africa, an initiative covering six countries, engaging private sector and public sector stakeholders with the aim of connecting youth to jobs in the digital economy. She also served as the regional champion for the Foundation, harnessing the Power of Impact Investing initiative, which works towards consolidating and catalyzing the evolving industry of impact investment for both social and environmental benefits.
Ms. Lore is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University; she also earned an MBA from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania; and an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.
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