Farah Imrana Hussain is a Senior Financial Officer at the World Bank Treasury based in Washington DC. She is part of a team of financial specialists that design and implement financial solutions to help clients: (1) access financing for development by mobilizing World Bank Group resources and private sector financing; (2) mitigate the impact of financial, natural disaster and commodity risks by facilitating access to market-based risk management tools; and (3) strengthen capacity to implement efficient risk management strategies by providing advisory services.
Ms Hussain specializes in sustainable finance, providing technical assistance to countries to develop local green bond markets, including developing policy frameworks, identifying green project pipelines, developing impact reports, and supporting capacity building among key stakeholders in order to promote sustainable investment solutions. She led the World Bank’s engagements in Malaysia, Fiji, Nigeria, Indonesia that resulted in the issuance of the first green sukuk in the world; first sovereign green bond by an emerging market; first African sovereign green bond, first corporate green bond in Indonesia, the ASEAN Green Bond Standards and Indonesian Green Bond Regulations. The World Bank has been a pioneer in developing the green bond market, issuing more than 140 Green Bonds (totaling $11 Bn) in 19 currencies since 2008.
Before joining the World Bank Treasury in 2010, Ms Hussain worked for the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group that provides guarantees to attract investors and private insurers into the world’s poorest countries and fragile and conflict-affected environments. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Ms Hussain worked for BNP Paribas and ING Barings, investment banks in London.