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Shiva Dustdar

Director and Head of the EIB Institute

Shiva Dustdar

Shiva Dustdar is the new Director and Head of the EIB Institute and the first woman to lead this key pillar of the EIB Group’s community and citizen engagement.

Before taking on her new position, she led the EIB’s Innovation Finance Advisory (IFA) Division, which she built and scaled up into a successful innovation financing advisory programme covering green, digital, space, gender-smart and health-related sectors.

Shiva Dustdar started her career in 1993 at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking in New York, working in mergers and acquisitions, project finance and emerging markets before joining Fitch Rating Agency in 1999 to set up its European High Yield rating business. She holds a BA (Magna cum Laude) in Economics from Columbia University and an Executive MBA from London Business School (LBS).

She is also a regular speaker on innovation and impact financing, gender-smart investing, digital and green financing. She is actively engaged in networks that promote sustainable and mission-oriented financing.