Qamar Saleem

Regional Manager, Advisory Services, Financial Institutions Group, International Finance Corporation

Qamar, a Pakistan national, has been FIG’s Global Lead for SME Banking and Supply Chain Finance Practice based in Istanbul since October 2016. He has led the transformation of SME Banking Advisory Services business globally to achieve market and client impact, technical standardization, financial sustainability, knowledge leadership and innovation. The Advisory Practice that Qamar has built and led has won internal and external awards and is also recognized for launching Creating Markets initiatives such as enabling supply chain finance. He has also been a driving force in FIG Advisory services business’s strategic alignment and business growth, globally. Qamar joined IFC in May 2012 as Senior SME Banking Specialist based in Jordan covering EMENA region and then transitioned to a Global Specialist role during his initial 4 years at IFC. Prior to IFC Qamar spent two decades in Banking, leading large teams, having been associated primarily with reputed global financial institutions like HSBC, Standard Chartered, American Express and Deutsche Bank while serving in emerging markets. In this role, Qamar will focus on managing and growing IFC’s Advisory Services Business across Asia and Pacific with current funds under management of nearly $100 million and executing over 50 engagements. He will also work closely with the FIG Regional Industry Head for Asia in driving IFC 3.0 agenda across the region, building internal synergies and ensuring FIG’s advisory services enhance client and FIG’s performance while offering a market leading proposition. Qamar holds a Master degree in Business Administration and carries several accreditations in the areas of Strategy, Corporate Leadership, Supply Chain Finance, Compliance, Credit, Risk, Trade, Treasury, Sales, Transaction Banking and Product Management and has worked extensively across both Wholesale and Retail Banking during his banking career. Qamar was selected to this position through the World Bank Group competitive managerial selection process. His appointment is effective on July 1, 2019.