Susan Starnes is the Global Lead of Strategy for Trade and Commodity Finance at the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
She joined the World Bank in 2000 as a Young Professional, spent over a decade there as an Investment Officer, and has headed the Trade and Commodity Finance’s departmental strategy function since 2013.
Susan has 25 years of corporate finance, strategy, and research experience. Prior to joining IFC, she worked in New York for Coopers & Lybrand’s Acquisition Advisory Services, executing buy-side due diligence for LBO and venture capital funds, as well as JP Morgan’s Latin American M&A division.
She has also served as Director of Research for the Corporate Executive Board’s Business Leadership Forum, which provided strategic research and applied peer-driven solution packages to Executive Vice Presidents and Business Unit heads for global Fortune 500 corporations.
Susan holds a B.S. from the School of Commerce at the University of Virginia, an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School of Business, and a Masters in International Economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. She is also a Certified Public Accountant.
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