Denise Leonard

Denise has three decades of experience in international finance and project finance, and has spent most of the last decade advising governments globally on the structuring and international competitive tender of large Public-Private Partnership projects relating to infrastructure and social services.

Denise spent 20 years at IFC, the private sector affiliate of the World Bank.  For a decade, she managed and led multi-specialist teams advising governments on PPP projects in Eastern Europe, Latin America, Africa, China and South Asia. These projects addressed power, telecom, water, airlines, ports, military bases, clinics, rural electrification, highways, etc.

Previously, she was the IFC Chief of Mission and Manager South Asia, based in New Delhi and covering India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan. She managed IFC’s industrial and social services investment teams throughout that region, supervised one of IFC’s largest loan and equity portfolios, handled IFC’s relationship with the member governments and represented IFC on numerous boards in the venture capital, private equity, asset management, leasing, and manufacturing sectors.  Before moving to New Delhi, Denise was IFC’s Brazil desk officer.  Prior to joining IFC in 1988, Denise was the Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean for the Export Development Corporation, the official Canadian export credit agency.  Earlier in her career, she also worked on Francophone Africa and Eastern Europe.