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Leadership

BRIGIT HELMS
General Manager

Brigit Helms, a U.S. citizen, is the general manager of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). Prior to joining the MIF, she served as the director of SPEED, a USAID-funded program in Mozambique seeking to improve the business environment in that country. Before joining SPEED, Dr. Helms was senior expert for financial inclusion at McKinsey & Company, where she worked with banks and telecommunications companies to build new business models to reach low-income clients, and chief executive officer of Unitus, a global non-profit dedicated to financial services in East Africa and India. Dr. Helms spent four years with the International Finance Corporation, where she led the organization’s Advisory Services work in Indonesia. She was a founding member of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP), a global center for financial services. Early in her career, Dr. Helms held positions in the Latin America and Caribbean Division of the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the Caribbean Basin Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. She holds a PhD in agriculture and development economics from Stanford University and a master’s degree in international studies from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

KEISUKE NAKAMURA
Special Advisor

Keisuke Nakamura has been Special Advisor to the MIF General Manager since March 2016. Previous to his current position, he was Deputy Manager for Evaluation, Knowledge, Strategic Communication and Country Office Affairs at the MIF from March 2009 to February 2016. Nakamura was Deputy Manager of the Financial Support Services Sub-department of the Regional Operations Department II from August 2000 until June 2007. Nakamura was Senior Advisor in the Sustainable Development Department of the Inter-American Development Bank in areas related to the development of small and medium enterprise from July 1998 to July 2000. He joined the IDB as Deputy Manager when the MIF started its operations in 1993.

Before joining the IDB in 1993, Nakamura worked for the Overseas Economic Cooperation Fund of Japan (OECF). Among other responsibilities there, he was Senior Advisor for Eastern Europe, Middle East and Latin America operations and Operations Specialist for Africa. He was resident representative of the OECF in its Washington D.C. Office from October 1988 to April 1992. Nakamura has a BA in Business Administration from the Yokohama National University, Japan. Nakamura also studied at the University of Navarra in Spain.

TOMAS MILLER
Unit Chief

Tomas Miller serves as Chief of the Finance and Resource Management Unit of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF). His responsibilities include internal financial and resource management as well as the supervision of a portfolio of loan and equity investments. He also oversees the design and structuring of alternative financing instruments to test high-risk and innovative development models. Prior to his current position, Dr. Miller headed the MIF’s Access to Finance Unit, where he was responsible for developing a portfolio of investments in microfinance, venture capital, early-stage equity, small business financing, and financial services for low-income people.

Before joining the MIF in 2000, Dr. Miller worked as an Investment Executive for the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF) in Caracas. He is native of Costa Rica, where he held the position of Vice-Dean of General Studies at Universidad Autónoma de Centroamérica (UACA) and worked for a brokerage house structuring debt-equity swaps. Mr. Miller holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Colorado State University, an MBA from the University of Dallas, and a bachelor’s degree from UACA.

ALFREDO GIRO QUINCKE
Unit Chief

Alfredo Giró Quincke, a Uruguayan national, joined the MIF in 1998. His roles at the MIF have included: project origination and project design in topics related to MSME development, overseeing activities in the Andean Region and the Southern Cone countries and heading the Programming and Special Programs Unit, the Innovation and Knowledge Management Unit, the Knowledge and Strategic Communications Unit and the Strategy and Resources Management Unit. He has served in his current position since 2016, in which he is responsible for the creation of effective knowledge and strategic communications products and activities, and leads the effort to disseminate the work of the MIF to internal and external audiences.

From 1992 to 1997, Mr. Giró Quincke served as technical advisor to the Uruguayan Task Force for MERCOSUR, part of the Office of the President, on issues mainly related to strategies and policies for small and medium sized enterprise development. Mr. Giró Quincke has a Bachelors’ Degree in International Business and International Economics from Sophia University, Japan and a Master’s in Science Degree in Politics of World Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

YURI SOARES
Unit Chief

Yuri Soares is Chief of Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) at the MIF, where he is responsible for testing innovative approaches to building agricultural resilience, developing new markets and technologies involving smallholder farmers, and financing for adaptation and mitigation. Dr. Soares previously oversaw the MIF’s development effectiveness agenda.

Before joining the MIF, Yuri Soares was Principal Advisor at the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the IDB, where he worked on topics related to private sector development and finance, active labor market programs, housing and neighborhood improvement, justice reform, citizen security and violence, and education policy. Dr. Soares holds a PhD in Economics from Michigan State University and a MA in Agricultural Economics from the University of Florida. He has worked in the US and Brazil, where he has published on such topics as firm innovation and growth, crime and violence, youth training and active labor market programs, and the economics of public amenities.

ELIZABETH BOGGS DAVIDSEN
Unit Chief 

Elizabeth Boggs Davidsen is the Knowledge Economy Unit Chief of the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).  She is responsible for cultivating the driving forces of the new economy – technology, innovation and entrepreneurship – in order to promote inclusive growth and job creation in Latin America and the Caribbean.  She is overseeing a portfolio of $30-40 million in grants and investments focused on (i) building the ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation (including the social entrepreneurship and impact investing ecosystem); (ii) testing, investing in, and scaling innovative and tech-driven solutions to solve social, economic and environmental problems; (iii) and building a competitive and entrepreneurial workforce for the new economy.

Before joining the MIF she served as the lead architect and principal investment officer for the Opportunities for the Majority Initiative of the IDB, the first dedicated office within a development finance institution to finance inclusive business models using market-based principles, and for three years she was a policy advisor to the IDB’s Executive Vice President. Prior to her career at the IDB, Elizabeth was a Program Officer for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna, Austria and for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Khartoum, Sudan.  She holds both a Masters in Foreign Service from the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a Masters in Spanish from Middlebury College in Madrid, Spain. She earned a B.A. from Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont.

DAVID BLOOMGARDEN
Unit Chief a.i

David Bloomgarden is Unit Chief a.i of the Inclusive Cities unit of the Multilateral Investment Fund. The unit works through public-private partnerships, social enterprises and small enterprises in order to support urban innovation and climate adaptation in Latin America and the Caribbean. Between 2005 and 2014 he headed a PPP early stage advisory program for the IDB that supported over $2 billion in PPP transactions.

Before coming to FOMIN in 2005, he was Deputy Director of the Office of Multilateral Development Banks in the U.S. Treasury Department where over 18 years he acquired extensive expertise in the development and oversight of multilateral development bank policies and programs and served as technical advisor to the US Directors on the Boards of Director in the African Development Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and served as Board member of the International Fund for Agriculture and Development.

ANITA FIORI
Lead Specialist

Anita Fiori is the head of the Strategy Unit of the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF) that is responsible for MIF’s Strategic management and communications, donors relationship and gender action. Before joining the MIF, Ms. Fiori worked as an Operations Officer at the International Finance Corporation (IFC) where she provided technical advice to borrowing Governments interested in reforms to improve their regulatory frameworks in order to enhance business environment and attract foreign investment. Ms. Fiori also worked as the Advisor to the Executive Director for Brazil and Suriname at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), where she represented the interests of the Brazilian Government at the Board of Executive Directors.

Prior to that, Ms. Fiori served as a microfinance specialist at Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) and the National Development Bank of Brazil (BNDES). Ms. Fiori is a Brazilian citizen; she holds a M.S. in Finance from Johns Hopkins University, a M.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Economics from the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro.