Hela Cheikhrouhou is IFC’s regional Vice President for the Middle East, Central Asia, Turkey, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. She is in charge of expanding IFC’s business in the region, focusing on the COVID-19 crisis response and building a pipeline of private sector investment opportunities, rooted in country strategies. Ms. Cheikhrouhou fosters strong relationships with government officials, clients, other development finance institutions, co-financiers, donors, and counterparts across the World Bank Group to identify opportunities for collaboration and broader impact as well as to enhance business delivery.

Previously, Ms. Cheikhrouhou was the CEO of Nithio, an artificial-intelligence-driven platform for clean energy investment.

In her home country of the Republic of Tunisia, she served as the Minister of Energy, Mining, and Renewables. She was the first Executive Director of the Green Climate Fund, governed by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.