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Jan Eskildsen

Jan leads the Financial Institutions Team for Central America at IDB Invest, which he joined in 2017. He is responsible for originating and structuring financing operations for financial intermediaries that have an impact on development. He has led transaction loans, capital markets and capital investments in the region that promote access to financing, women’s empowerment and climate change mitigation. Before joining the IDB Group, he worked in the investment banking divisions of UBS and Lazard Asset Management, providing financial advisory to corporate and financial services clients in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean for more than twelve years, based in the New York and Panama City offices. Jan earned a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (USA) and has an undergraduate degree in law and political sciences from Universidad Católica Santa María La Antigua (Panama).

Posts by Jan Eskildsen

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The Sustainable Bond that Transformed Central America's Financial Markets

Thanks to this operation, Banco Promerica improved people's lives, helped many SMEs successfully navigate the pandemic, and contributed to the economic and social development of the region. It was an unprecedented initiative.

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How Digitalization Can Accelerate Future Financial Services in the Region

The rapid digitalization of the financial sector in Latin America and the Caribbean is paving the way for agile and innovative solutions that enhance competitiveness, open doors to greater financial inclusion, and drive the region's development.

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Integrity for Business: an Integrity Guide for Financial Institutions in Panama

A new guide providing practical assistance when developing or enhancing compliance programs may help lower integrity risk, a key hurdle for some foreign investors looking to work with banks in the region.

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Integrating Green Finance Into the Core Business of Financial Institutions

Green finance in the private sector was predominantly linked to corporate responsibility. It’s now the time to integrate climate action into the core business of financial institutions.

How a New Sustainable Mindset Will Help Future Construction

It’s important to invest in the construction of buildings that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but it is equally, or more, important to create a new financial framework and a new mentality that helps investors direct their funds in this regard.

How to Integrate Social Factors into Business Models & Financial Intermediation

Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) factors have evolved from externalities to key components of business models, and integral elements of corporate strategies.