Cecilia Rabassa
United States
Portfolio Manager - IFC

Board Opportunity Briefing: Conversation with IFC on Nominee Directorship Program

Cecilia Rabassa, a Mexican citizen, currently works at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where she is Portfolio Manager for IFC’s Manufacturing, Agribusiness and Services Department in the Latin America and Caribbean Region. She helps oversee a US$3 billion asset portfolio, where responsibilities include portfolio credit rating, loss reserve provisioning, decisions on entry/exit from equity/quasi-equity investment, and restructuring distressed assets. She has worked at the International Finance Corporation for 24 years, and previously worked as Special Projects Manager of Cifra (Mexico) the largest local supermarket retail chain (subsequently acquired by Wal-Mart) where she managed its captive insurance company (including placing the risk in the London reinsurance market), and as an Actuarial Trainee at Colonial Mutual (England), a pension and insurance group.

She obtained a BSc in Actuarial Sciences at the Universidad Anáhuac (Mexico), followed by post-graduate degrees in Actuarial Sciences and Actuarial Techniques at the City University of London and the Institute of Actuaries (England). She has completed executive education courses at Harvard Business School, Insead and Georgetown University.

Cecilia served for 7-years on the Board of Directors of LAAD, an agribusiness development corporation, where she was member of the auditing and loan committees and is an Advisory Member of Paladin Realty Latin American Investors, a private equity fund that invests in real estate assets. She is a member of the Women's Corporate Directors organization.

She lives in Bogota, Colombia, and has two children.