Niraj H. Shah is the Head of the Private Sector Window (PrSW) of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP), a ~US$390 million donor-funded blended finance program managed by IFC. The GAFSP PrSW co-invests alongside IFC, directly or indirectly, in agribusiness and agri-finance projects with smallholder value chains, with an additional focus on nutrition, gender and climate-smart agriculture. Between 2007 and 2013, Niraj was the IFC Sector Lead for Agribusiness and TRP (Tourism, Retail and Property) for South Asia, based in India and later for the Caribbean, based in the Dominican Republic.
Niraj joined IFC from Edelweiss Capital, a full-service Indian investment bank, where he was the Head of Mergers and Acquisitions. Prior to that, he worked at Ernst & Young, Lazard India and ICICI Bank. Over the past 23 years, Niraj has worked in different areas including blended finance, project finance, management consulting, distressed debt, private equity and investment banking. His clients have spanned diverse sectors including agribusiness, agri-finance, hospitality, real estate, media & telecom and manufacturing. He is a Cost Accountant and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad.
05 Jun 2018
Session Description Traditional development funding from developed nations and one-way “north-south” financing had largely consisted of grants and commercially structured infrastructure loans. With the shifting dynamics on the global political stage, more opportunities for cross-sector partnerships in funding and implementation…Read More