Dafna Tapiero

Co-Founder, Laurel Strategies Inc.

Dafna Tapiero is the Co-Founder of Laurel Strategies, a CEO advisory and strategic communications firm based in Washington, DC. Tapiero brings to Laurel Strategies over twenty years of experience at the World Bank Group launching funds and new implementation models for development, ranging from financial system reform in East Asia, to agricultural land privatization, to corporate social responsibility. In 2014, she also served as Senior Advisor on Innovative Financing in the Head Office of the United Nations World Food Programme, forging partnerships and financing mechanisms to build resilience and increased preparedness for climate-induced natural disasters.

Previously, at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector development finance institution with over $22 billion in total investments, she was the Worldwide Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (and the Global Strategic Community Investment Division), applying business approaches, developing financial models and strengthening environmental and social management systems in order to simultaneously increase benefits to communities and mitigate local level risks for clients. Previously, following the Asian financial crisis, she established and ran the World Bank’s Financial Sector Reform and Strengthening (FIRST) Initiative, a $ 60 million global fund established to provide direct support to countries in reforming and developing their financial systems. She has also served as the Knowledge and Partnership Manager in the Financial Sector Vice Presidency of the World Bank. Tapiero began her Bank Group experience at IFC managing its $40 million Russian Land Privatization project and launching programs ranging from corporate governance to energy sector restructuring.

Tapiero is on the Board of Fund II Foundation, which improves the lives and opportunities for minority and other vulnerable populations. She is on the Board of Synergos and a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC), a network of leading philanthropic families from around world, founded by David Rockefeller and his daughter Peggy Dulany. Tapiero serves on the Board of Trustees as an Advisory Director of Carnegie Hall, a member of the Leadership Council of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and serves as a Trustee of the Lauer Philanthropic Foundation.

Tapiero received her Masters Degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Laurel Strategies http://www.laurelstrategies.com

Dafna Tapiero

Co-Founder, Laurel Strategies Inc.

Dafna Tapiero is the Co-Founder of Laurel Strategies, a CEO advisory and strategic communications firm based in Washington, DC. Tapiero brings to Laurel Strategies over twenty years of experience at the World Bank Group launching funds and new implementation models for development, ranging from financial system reform in East Asia, to agricultural land privatization, to corporate social responsibility. In 2014, she also served as Senior Advisor on Innovative Financing in the Head Office of the United Nations World Food Programme, forging partnerships and financing mechanisms to build resilience and increased preparedness for climate-induced natural disasters.

Previously, at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector development finance institution with over $22 billion in total investments, she was the Worldwide Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (and the Global Strategic Community Investment Division), applying business approaches, developing financial models and strengthening environmental and social management systems in order to simultaneously increase benefits to communities and mitigate local level risks for clients. Previously, following the Asian financial crisis, she established and ran the World Bank’s Financial Sector Reform and Strengthening (FIRST) Initiative, a $ 60 million global fund established to provide direct support to countries in reforming and developing their financial systems. She has also served as the Knowledge and Partnership Manager in the Financial Sector Vice Presidency of the World Bank. Tapiero began her Bank Group experience at IFC managing its $40 million Russian Land Privatization project and launching programs ranging from corporate governance to energy sector restructuring.

Tapiero is on the Board of Fund II Foundation, which improves the lives and opportunities for minority and other vulnerable populations. She is on the Board of Synergos and a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle (GPC), a network of leading philanthropic families from around world, founded by David Rockefeller and his daughter Peggy Dulany. Tapiero serves on the Board of Trustees as an Advisory Director of Carnegie Hall, a member of the Leadership Council of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and serves as a Trustee of the Lauer Philanthropic Foundation.

Tapiero received her Masters Degree in International Economics and International Relations from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and B.A. from Johns Hopkins University.

Laurel Strategies http://www.laurelstrategies.com