Allen Forlemu is the Regional Industry Head, Financial Institutions Group for Latin America and the Caribbean at IFC. Allen joined IFC’s Financial Markets Department in March 2006 as an Investment Officer in the Global Transactions Group, focusing primarily on Africa. Between 2015 and 2018, he served as FIG New Business Manager for West and Central Africa and since 2019 has been Regional FIG Head for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to joining IFC, Allen spent seven years with WPA in Cambridge, Massachusetts (USA), first as a Privatization Advisor to African governments and then as a Principal of Africa International Financial Holdings, a US$120 million fund focused on the banking sector in sub-Saharan Africa and whose investors included HSBC, FirstRand Group, IFC, EIB, FMO and KfW. Allen has developed for over 20 years a strong sector experience in financial services. Earlier in his career, Allen was an investment analyst for a number of years focusing on SME investing.