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October 2017 - Michael Collins, Senior Director, Development Banking, will be chairing a session on "Sustaining Economic Growth with Social Consciences - Modalities of the New Era", at the upcoming International CEO Forum 2017. The Forum is being organized in collaboration with Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) and Association of National Development Finance Institutions in Member Countries of the Islamic Development Bank (ADFIMI) to be held a the InterContinental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on October 24-26, 2017.

September 2017 - Diana Smallridge was a panelist at the Global Symposium on Development Financial Institutions (DFIs) with the theme "Balancing Sustainability and Social Mandate: Development Banks in a New World”. This two-day event, organized by the World Bank Group and Bank Negara Malaysia, was held on September 19 and 20, 2017, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

February 2017 - Diana Smallridge chairs the 27th Annual Conference on Export Credit and Political Risk, held on February 28 and March 1 at the Hilton Tower Bridge, London, England, where she gave an interview to Katharine Morton entitled the 60 second interview. See article here.

May 2015 - Diana Smallridge was a guest speaker at the 38th ADFIAP Annual Meeting “DFIs & Sustainable Infrastructure: Policy Framework, Operational Best Practices and Challenges”, hosted by the Vietnam Development Bank, on May 13-15, 2015 in Nha Trang, Vietnam.

February 2015 - Diana Smallridge chairs the 25th Annual Global Convention Export Credit Conference held on February 23 & 24 at the Millennium Hotel London Mayfair, London, England.

January 2015 - Diana Smallridge developed and participated in a workshop on Climate Finance and Development Finance Institutions in Asia and the Pacific: Catalyzing Investment in Climate Friendly Infrastructure on 19-20 January 2015 at ADB Headquarters, Manila, Philippines.

September 2014 - Diana Smallridge presented at the second Annual Venture Capital Conference under the theme: TOWARDS A DYNAMIC ECOSYSTEM: linking capital, innovation, entrepreneurship for growth, hosted by the Development Bank of Jamaica Limited on September 9 and 10, 2014 in Kingston, Jamaica.

April 2014 - Diana Smallridge presented at the Global Donors Forum 2014 - Celebrating Philanthropy in Emerging Economies, hosted by WCMP (World Congress of Muslim Philanthropist), on April 14-16, 2014 in Washington, DC.

April 2014 - Diana Smallridge presented at the 37th ADFIAP Annual Meeting and International SME Forum, hosted by Vnesheconombank, on April 23 to 25, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.

February 2014 - Diana Smallridge chaired the 24th Annual Global Convention Export Credit Conference held on February 26 & 27 at the Hilton London Tower Bridge, London, England.

October 2013 - International Financial Consulting Ltd. leads the coordination of 25 Development Finance Institutions to harmonize development tracking indicators for private sector development operations.(.PDF format)

February 2013 - Diana Smallridge chaired the 23rd Annual Global Convention Insuring Export Credit & Political Risk held on February 27 & 28 at the Hilton London Tower Bridge Hotel, England.

November 2012 - Diana Smallridge was the Keynote Speaker at the AMAN UNION of Islamic Export Credit Agencies at their 3rd Annual Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 21, 2012 hosted by Export-Import Bank of Malaysia (MEXIM).

October 2012 - Diana Smallridge participated as a panelist in the XV Inter-American Forum on Microenterprise - Foromic, held at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in Bridgetown, Barbados, on October 1 - 3, 2012.

June 2012 - International Financial Consulting Ltd., in collaboration with the Turku School of Economics, was engaged by the Ministry of the Economy and Employment (MEE) to evaluate Finnvera’s activities, structures and strategies with regards to its stated purpose, goals and considering international best practices. This evaluation resulted in recommendations designed to carry Finnvera successfully through the next decade. The published report can be read here.

May 2012 - Diana Smallridge visits Islamic Corporation for the Insurance of Investment and Export Credit (ICIEC) in Saudi Arabia.

April 2012 - Diana Smallridge presents "National Development Banks: Potential Heroes of Climate Finance" at the "Role of National Development Banks in Mobilizing International Climate Finance” workshop in Washington D.C., April 18-19. Her presentation can be watched here. (Starts at 33:15)

March 2012 - International Financial Consulting Ltd’s report, Short term trade finance and credit insurance in the EU, is published by the European Commission.

February 2012 - Diana Smallridge chairs the 22st Annual Global Convention Insuring Export Credit & Political Risk held on February 29th - March 1st in London, England.

December 2011 - International Financial Consulting Ltd., working alongside the University of Turku, is chosen by Finland's Ministry of Employment and the Economy (MEE) to conduct an external evaluation of Finnvera, a specialized financing company and official Export Credit Agency of Finland. The project is expected to be completed mid-year 2012. Learn more about Finnvera here.

August 2011 - Ms. Diana Smallridge presented on “Enhancing SME Capacity of Managing the Risks Associated with Trade Liberalization” at the APEC Symposium held in Taipei on August 17, 2011.

June 2011 - International Financial Consulting Ltd undertakes a study on short-term credit insurance within the European Union for the European Comission. The press release and call for contributions is available here.

April 2011 - Ms. Diana Smallridge speaks at the World Bank Financial & Private Sector Development Forum in Washington D.C. as member of the panel, “Development Banks: Which Models Work in Emerging Market Economies?” (Question and response begins at 22:46)

May 2011 - Ms. Diana Smallridge speaks on "The Renaissance of Development Banks" at the Warsaw Public Banking Conference: The Role of Development Banks in the European Economy sponsored by Bank Gospodarstwa Krajowego (BGK) in cooperation with the European Association of Public Banks (EAPB).

March 2011 - Diana Smallridge chairs the 21st Annual Global Convention Insuring Export Credit & Political Risk in London, England.

January 2011 - Diana Smallridge, with the support of Werner Claes, co-authors the white paper, "A Health Diagnostic Tool for Public Development Banks" with Fernando de Olloqui for Inter-American Development Bank.

November 2010 - Canada's Venture Capital & Private Equity Association publishes the document drafted by International Financial Consulting Ltd. called "Think Canada Again," a strategy document designed to inform International institutional investors about Canada’s lucrative investment potential in the private equity and venture capital market.

May 2010 - Diana Smallridge receives Plaque of Appreciation for her continued support from Octavio Peralta, Secretary General of Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) and World Federation of Development Financing Institutions (WFDFI).

October 2009 - Diana Smallridge presented to senior government officials and private sector stake holders in San Jose, Costa Rica regarding the establishment of an internationally competitive export credit scheme.

October 2009 - Diana Smallridge presented to senior government officials and private sector stake holders in San Jose, Costa Rica regarding the establishment of an internationally competitive export credit scheme.

Project Awards

September 2017

African Development Bank (AfDB) has contracted our firm to develop and upgrade procedure manuals and operating guidelines for the Bank´s unfunded trade finance instruments based on a thorough assessment of its currents operations as well as practices of other MDB´s trade finance programmes. The objective of the consultancy is to strengthen its trade finance middle and back office operations and to facilitate the introduction of a new trade finance instrument.

September 2017

International Financial Consulting Ltd. has been engaged by the Social Security Board of Belize to develop a Strategic plan and complementary action plan for the period of 2018-2022, supporting the achievement of institutional effectiveness and efficiency to deliver on its legal mandate.

July 2017

International Financial Consulting Ltd. was retained by the East African Development Bank to carry out a Comprehensive Review and Update of the Operational & Market Risk Management Framework, in compliance with international best practices. The aim of the assignment is to ensure that all of the bank’s risk management practices are maintained at best market practice standards and in line with the bank’s strategy.

February 2016

Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), as a follow-on contract, hired our firm to review and recommend the most suitable organizational structure for the DBJ to enable its effective execution of the Bank’s new strategic objectives that were developed in October 2015 for the next five years starting from the 2016/17 Financial year.

January 2016

Following the initial phase concluded in late 2015, International Financial Consulting Ltd. was engaged by the CCF technical working group, through the World Bank, to support data capture of 2015 own climate finance and CCF flows for all working group members, including World Bank, International Finance Corporation, Inter-American Development Bank, African Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and European Investment Bank.

November 2015

Our team has been engaged by The Private Infrastructure Development Group to perform an Evaluability Assessment of Green Africa Power LLP., a facility of the Private Infrastructure Development Group to ensure that, whilst GAP is only at an early stage of operation, it has in place a comprehensive Evaluation Plan (EP), together with appropriate data collection processes to implement it, as it goes forward.

October 2015

Our team has been engaged by the Caribbean Development Bank to help identify any gender inequities in the allocation of CDB’s resources through its lending activities to FIs, the extent to which there is awareness and sensitivity around gender in accessing financial services, and to outline recommendations for improvement that can contribute to greater financial inclusion.

September 2015

We have been retained by the World Bank to prepare an assessment of the Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) - Investment Guarantee Agency (IGA) to help determine a potential restructuring and make recommendations on improvements.

September 2015

Our firm has been engaged by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) to support the Evaluation of Financial Intermediary Lines.

August 2015

Our team was selected to provide technical support to help the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) transition to a Project Completion Reports (PCR) validation process that is simplified, more efficient and provides value added in terms of lessons learned that can inform strategic decisions of the CDB.

April 2015

International Financial Consulting Ltd. was engaged by ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) to undertake a critical analysis of EBID's current pricing scheme, benchmarked against other regional institutions, in order to recommend a coherent pricing policy that can yield a profitable but competitive margin on lending products offered by EBID.

November 2014

Following a successful evaluation of the Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organization (MiCRO), our team was engaged to undertake a detailed assessment of potential re-engagement and growth strategies in the Haitian market to guide MiCRO on how it can best leverage global reinsurance for the benefit of Haitian micro-entrepreneurs.

November 2014

We have been engaged by the Commonwealth Secretariat to develop a feasibility study for a Commonwealth Small States Trade Financing Facility to support trade in and between 31 member countries in the Caribbean, Africa, Mediterranean and Asia-Pacific.

December 2014

International Financial Consulting Ltd. has been engaged by Department for International Development (DFID) to undertake an Evaluation of the Caribbean Aid for Trade and Regional Integration Trust Fund (CARTFund), a special purpose trust fund administered by the Caribbean Development Bank to promote implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (CARICOM-EU) and the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) trade agreements.

December 2014

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has engaged our firm to coordinate the development of a common tracking and reporting system to measure "leverage" of climate finance for EBRD, AfDB, AsDB, EIB, IFC/WB and IADB. The assignment may include consultations with CIF, GEF, GCF and other prominent entities in the climate finance sphere to build a wider consensus around the best and most practical way to report leverage. A unified approach to calculating leverage will best position donors and financing institutions to understand the most efficient and impactful channels for delivering climate mitigation and adaptation funding.

August 2014

Our firm has been retained by the World Bank to design and operationalize a results framework for the MENA Transition Fund.

August 2014

Following the first successful harmonization work, the Inter-American Development Bank engaged our team to guide a follow-on harmonization exercise focused on qualitative indicators and conversion methodologies.

August 2014

Our team has been engaged by Africa Finance Corporation (AFC) who is seeking to leverage its superior credit rating in the region to expand its trade finance product and develop a fully fledged trade finance business.

July 2014

Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) hired our firm to prepare a study on the role of Export-Import Banks (Eximbanks) which will help in designing its programs, projects and activities.

July 2014

Our team has been engaged by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to undertake a comprehensive multi-stakeholder evaluation of the Microinsurance Catastrophe Risk Organization (MiCRO).

May 2014

Our firm was retained by the Caribbean Development Bank to undertake a comprehensive review of the Belize Development Finance Corporation’s existing legislation, accompanying Regulations and governance structure in order to determine its effectiveness in meeting the financing and development needs of the priority sectors requiring such assistance.

April 2014

Our team was selected to enhance the understanding and capacity of public financial institutions in Asia-Pacific to design investment strategies for low-carbon, climate resilient infrastructure and technology projects for the Asian Development Bank.

Februrary 2014

Our team commenced an assignment for a long-standing client, KfW Bankengruppe, on conducting a Feasibility Study of a guarantee scheme for EU Blending projects: The "Enhanced Market Vehicle."

January 2014

Our Team was awarded the contract to undertake Institutional Strengthening of the National Housing Corporation in Barbados.

December 2013

Our Team was selected to lead the Design and Documentation of the Operational, Financial, Governance and Legal Aspects of Establishing a Joint Trust Fund for the Islamic Development Bank’s Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development.

November 2013

Our Team has won the contract to establish and manage a match grant fund under the Financial Innovation: Competitiveness and Job Creation Support Project for the Government of Malawi with financing from the African Development Bank.

October 2013

Our Team conducted field research in Mozambique and Zambia for an infoDev assignment, Enhancing Access to Finance for Technology Entrepreneurs in Southern Africa.

Recent Presentations and Speeches

Putting the Caribbean on the Global VC Private Equity Map.pdf (.PDF Format)
Presentation made by Diana Smallridge at the second Annual VC Conference under the theme: TOWARDS A DYNAMIC ECOSYSTEM: linking capital, innovation, entrepreneurship for growth, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, Downtown Kingston, September 9-10, 2014.

Green Finance - Best Practices and Future Trends.pdf (.PDF Format)
Presentation made by Diana Smallridge at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) in Moscow, Russia, April 23-25, 2014.

Exim Banks and Their Role in Trade Finance During the Current Financial Crisis (.PDF Format)
Presentation made by Diana Smallridge at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) in Muskat, Oman, April 27-30, 2009.

Clean Development Mechanism and the Catalytic Role for DFIs (.PDF format)
Presentation made by Diana Smallridge, at the 30th Annual Meeting of the Association of Development Financing Institutions in Asia and the Pacific (ADFIAP) in Hanoi, Vietnam, hosted by the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), May 10-11, 2007. Photo: Diana Smallridge makes opening remarks (.JPG format).

Future of of Export Credit Agencies (.PDF format)
Presentation made by Diana Smallridge, to EU ECA's and Guardian Authorities, Helsinki, Finland, October 2006.

Challenges Facing ECAs in Developing Countries (.PDF format)
Presentation made by Diana Smallridge, at 5th Annual Islamic ECA Conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, hosted by ICIEC, January 30-31st, 2007. Photo: Diana Smallridge gives Keynote Address (.JPG format).

Export Credit Agencies: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something …Green (.PDF format)
Presentation made by Diana Smallridge, Emerging Markets Trade & Political Risk Conference, London, November 2004.

Trade in Crisis (.PDF format)
Summary of a presentation made by Diana Smallridge to an IBC Conference held in London, October 2004.

The State of the Credit Insurance Market in Emerging Markets (.PDF format)
Presentation made by Diana Smallridge, Managing Emerging Markets Risk Conference and Networking Forum, New York, September 2004.

Publications

Economic and Commercial Cooperation of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (COMCEC) hired our firm to prepare a study on the role of Export-Import Banks (Eximbanks) which will help in designing its programs, projects and activities. A copy of the Summary can be found here.

The Role of National Development Banks in Intermediating International Climate Finance to Scale Up Private Sector(.PDF Format)
Discussion Paper by Diana Smallridge, Barbara Buchner, Chiara Trabacchi, Maria Netto, José Juan Gomez Lorenzo and Lucila Serra for Inter-American Development Bank, November 2012.

Supply and Demand Side Assessment Impact Investment within the Caribbean (External Link to .PDF)
Report by Diana Smallridge for Multilateral Investment Fund, Member of the IDB Group and Compete Caribbean, December 2011

Addressing the Challenges of Financing Climate Change Mitigation (External Link to .PDF)
Technical Note by Diana Smallridge, José Juan Gomez Lorenzo and Michael Peter Rattinger for Inter-American Development Bank, July 2012.

A Health Diagnostic Tool for Public Development Banks (External Link to .PDF)
Technical Note by Diana Smallridge and Fernando de Olloqui, with the support of Werner Claes, for Inter-American Development Bank, January 2011.

Banking on Credit (External Link)
Article by Diana Smallridge published in International Trade Forum's 1/2-009 edition, July 2009.

Credit Insurance - Now is the Time (.PDF format)
Article by Diana Smallridge in the Islamic Corporation for Insurance of Investments and Export Credits (ICIEC) Newsletter, December 2008.

Leading an ECA - Not for the Faint of Heart (.PDF format)
By Diana Smallridge, September 2005.

Export Credit Agencies and Climate Change (.PDF format)
Brief written by Diana Smallridge for input into the 2005 G8 Meeting, April 2005.

Making it Happen: Renewable Energy Finance and the Role of Export Credit Agencies (.PDF format)
Paper developed in consultation with a multi-stakeholder Working Group, including International Financial Consulting Ltd, 2004.

Leveraging Credit Insurance (.PDF format)
By Diana Smallridge and Darcy Ferron, Bankers’ Association for Finance and Trade (BAFT), Page 6, January 2005.

A Study on the Activities of IFIs in the Area of Export Credit Insurance and Export Finance (.PDF format)
By Malcolm Stephens and Diana Smallridge, 2002.

The Changing Role of Export Credit Agencies (IMF Publication)
By Malcolm Stephens, 1999.

Export Credit Agencies, Trade Finance, and South East Asia (IMF Publication)
By Malcolm Stephens, 1998.

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