Washington DC, August 17, 2020 —
IFC is mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague Gabriel Goldschmidt,
who at the time of his passing was serving as the IFC Regional Director
for Latin America and the Caribbean. Gabriel had a positive impact on lives
of countless IFC staff, clients and partners as he worked to promote development
for nearly three decades.
An Argentine national, Gabriel joined IFC
in 1993. He had a truly distinguished career marked by a tireless commitment
to helping emerging economies overcome development challenges, particularly
in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), a region he cared about deeply.
Prior to becoming a Regional Director for
LAC in 2018, Gabriel led IFC’s efforts to support infrastructure projects
that help to improve lives across LAC. Gabriel oversaw several landmark
initiatives and pioneered projects in transport, power, as well as water
and waste management. His colleagues, clients and friends will remember
him for his graceful humor and eloquence, tremendous curiosity, attention
to detail, hard work, thoughtful analysis and strategic vision. Gabriel
was respected for his leadership and kindness and commanded deep admiration
from all those who knew him.
Our thoughts are with his wife, Miriam, and
their daughter, Ella.
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and member of the World Bank Group—is the largest global development institution
focused on the private sector in emerging markets. We work in more than
100 countries, using our capital, expertise, and influence to create markets
and opportunities in developing countries. In fiscal year 2019, we invested
more than $19 billion in private companies and financial institutions in
developing countries, leveraging the power of the private sector to end
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