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Rachel Robboy

Rachel Robboy is Chief Risk Officer at IDB Invest. Ms. Robboy, a US citizen, previously led the IDB Invest Portfolio Management Team, supervising a more than $11 billion portfolio of projects throughout the region. Her leadership spans origination, structuring, portfolio supervision and management advisory. Over the past two decades, Ms. Robboy has held high-level positions at the Inter-American Development Bank, such as Chief of the Portfolio Management Division and advisor to the Vice President for Private Sector and Non-Sovereign Guaranteed Operations Unit, as well as other senior roles in the Infrastructure Division and the Special Operations Unit. Ms. Robboy holds and MBA in international finance and master's in international affairs from The George Washington University and a bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, both in Washington, D.C.

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More Protection for More Equality

While International Women’s Day allowed for reflection on progress towards gender equality, it is also an opportunity to discuss the alarming rates of gender-based violence in Latin America and the Caribbean, aggravated by the pandemic. The private sector has an important role in evaluating and addressing risks of gender-based violence, which is paramount to achieving equality.

Five lessons from the expansion of the Panama Canal
Five lessons from the expansion of the Panama Canal

By Rachel Robboy Many aspects of the Panama Canal expansion make it stand out. The 7-year project to add a third lane to accommodate giant ships with triple the cargo capacity is the largest infrastructure project in Latin America and the Caribbean, costing over $5 billion. It brings in 22 percent of Panama’s national gross domestic product, allowing the country to grow at 6 percent in a year when the rest of the region is slowing down.