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Marisela Alvarenga

Marisela is the head of the Financial Intermediaries division at IDB Invest, where she joined in 2008. She is responsible for leading the business strategy and coverage of financial intermediaries. She has led the structuring of broadcasts locally and internationally; securitizations and corporate and structured financing; the expansion of financial services with foreign trade and sustainable finance products for the expansion of financing to women entrepreneurs, small and medium-sized companies, housing and foreign trade. Before joining the IDB Group, Marisela worked for the institutional and corporate segment at Citibank, based in El Salvador, where she served as chief finance officer for that segment in Central America. Previously, she worked at Banco Cuscatlan as a corporate finance manager and head of financial planning. Marisela has a master's degree in Business Administration from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, specializing in banking and finance, through the exchange program with the Otto Beisheim Business School (WHU) in Germany. She also has a degree in business and administration from the Escuela Superior de Economía y Negocios - ESEN (El Salvador).

Posts by Marisela Alvarenga

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A Sustainable Opportunity for Paraguay

Paraguay has a unique opportunity to position itself in the global market and seek its first thematic bond. With the upcoming UN Climate Change Conference, COP28, just around the corner, the time has come to make this a reality.*

ESG & Climate Risks in the Financial Sector: Private & Public Sector Opportunities

The financial sector must identify opportunities to contribute to the society where they operate and create business models and strategies that not only consider risks and returns, but also impact in the broader sense.

Regulators & Companies Reshaping Sustainability: Which Comes First, the Chicken or the Egg?

Some companies are still expecting that regulators come up with sustainability guidelines, but others are moving fast, making a valuable contribution to a cleaner future, and reaping the benefits: new business opportunities, more stakeholder engagement and contributions to their country commitments.

The Banking Sector's Strategic Role in the Green Transition

Financial institutions have a critical role to play in the process of decarbonizing economies. Without their help, it will be impossible to finance the estimated $1.5 trillion (equivalent to 5% of the global GDP) needed to transition towards a green economy.

Financial Inclusion in the Pandemic: the Way Forward for Banks & Fintechs

It's clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has driven society to become more digital, to increase the use of electronic devices and to do almost everything online. What can we expect from traditional banking models and Fintech companies in 2021?

Financing for Women Entrepreneurs, Key for Economic Recovery

Support for the sizeable number of women entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean must include a gender perspective to achieve economic recovery. This implies either specific funding or collateral programs to lower risks for financial institutions.