Defne Akarcali

Speakers at Athens Investment Summit

Defne Akarcali


Senior Investment Officer, International Finance Corporation (IFC)

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Ms. Defne Akarcali is a Senior Investment Officer in the Financial Institutions Group (FIG) of the International Finance Corporation (IFC), based in Istanbul.

She is responsible for originating and executing IFC’s equity investments in FIG in Europe and Central Asia and has most recently led the corporation’s investments in the four systemic Greek banks.

Prior to joining IFC in 2011, Defne spent most of her career at JPMorgan in London where she was part of the Equity Capital Markets team, having raised more than $20 billion for corporate and financial institution clients in Europe, Central Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.

In between her positions at JPMorgan and IFC, she had the opportunity to advise the Government of Rwanda on private investments under the Africa Governance Initiative of the Office of Tony Blair.

Defne holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Business Administration from the Middle East Technical University.