Ruth Horowitz is IFC Vice President for Asia and the Pacific. As Vice President, Ms. Horowitz leads the investment and advisory operations across Asia and the Pacific. Her main focus is building a strong pipeline of private sector investments that deliver development impact, help countries meet their climate goals and support resilient and sustainable economic growth. Ms. Horowitz works with colleagues across the World Bank Group to identify opportunities for high impact collaboration, enhance delivery to clients and drive positive country-level outcomes while leading engagements with governments and the private sector.
A U.S. national, Ms. Horowitz has more than thirty years of experience in global financial markets, which includes over twenty years in the private sector and thirteen years at IFC. Most recently, she served as the Vice President of IFC’s Equity Mobilization Division (AMC). She was responsible for AMC’s overall business, including investor relations, operations management and fundraising. She also chaired all fund investment committees. She previously held the post of Chief Operating Officer and Director at AMC for eleven years.
Prior to joining AMC, Ms. Horowitz worked for Lehman Brothers for over 20 years where she was instrumental in developing and growing its private equity business from 2000 to 2009 as its Managing Director and Chief Administrative Officer. She also served as a Senior Vice President in investment banking, working on strategy and business planning, a Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of its Equity Research department, and a Vice President of its Equity Capital Markets and Debt Capital Markets departments.
Ms. Horowitz has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Barnard College, Columbia University.