Kadidia Konare is a senior investment officer with the Asia Infrastructure and Natural Resources Industry Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). She has more than 15 years of experience working in international development. Her work focuses on infrastructure investments (debt, equity, mezzanine) and advisory transactions in the emerging markets. Prior to that she was an Agile Fellow at the World Bank CEO Strategic Initiatives Unit.
Kadidia also served as special advisor to the president of the Republic of Mali, overseeing investment and major projects at the national and regional levels.
Kadidia is a passionate social entrepreneur who aspires to bring prosperity to the African continent through entrepreneurship. She is the co-founder of the Impact Hub Bamako in Mali, an innovation lab and incubator that brings together young and talented people with diverse background to drive long-term positive impact. She is also a member of the African Leadership Network, a community of the most dynamic and influential young African leaders working to create change in Africa and to develop three million leaders for Africa.
Kadidia holds a master’s degree of public administration in international development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University’s Kennedy School; a master’s degree in agricultural economics and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Michigan State University.
Her research as an AsiaGlobal Fellow will focus on the effects of regulations on the financial performance of Peer-to Peer (P2P) lending platforms.
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