Carmen Valéria de Paula is the Principal Investment Officer for the Health and Education department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank Group. Carmen has supported the sustainable development and widespread delivery of healthcare and education in Brazil since 2009. Most recently, Carmen has been leading IFC’s engagement in the healthcare and education sectors in Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining IFC, Carmen was a Director at UniCredit Group, where she worked for over 10 years with project and leverage structure finance in sectors such as mining, oil&gas, power, and toll roads in the Americas. Previously to UniCredit, Carmen had worked at the M&A department at Banco Bozano Simonsen. Carmen holds a Master’s degree in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Universidade de Brasilia (UnB). IFC is the world’s largest multilateral investor in private health care and education. IFC works to increase access to high-quality health and education by making direct investments, sharing industry knowledge and expertise, funding smaller companies, raising medical and education standards, and helping clients expand services to lower-income groups.