Irene Arias Hofman
CEO, IDB Lab
Irene Arias Hofman leads IDB Lab since January 2018. IDB Lab, as the innovation laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Group, mobilizes financing, knowledge, and connections to develop experimental projects and early stage ventures with a potential for impact and great scale, benefiting populations that are vulnerable due to economic, social, or environmental factors.
Previously, she developed her career working for more than 20 years with the World Bank Group, specifically with the IFC, the largest international development institution focused on the private sector. There, Irene had investment responsibilities with global reach and also focused on Latin America and the Caribbean. She managed the IFC’s largest portfolio -US$ 16 billion -and annual investment programs of more than US$ 6 billion. Her focus has been on innovation, venture capital, and fintech.