Arun Kumar Sharma
Arun Kumar Sharma is president of Grovepike Associates, a global strategic and financial advisory firm based in Washington D.C. He serves as a senior adviser to Mastercard, International Finance Corporation, and AXA insurance. He is a senior fellow at the Institute of International Finance in Washington D.C. Mr. Sharma serves on the Board of Yes Foundation, a leading non-profit organization driving transformative change in India through the creative use of social media and on the Board of Grass Roots Trading Network for Women, an Indian nonprofit organization linking women micro-entrepreneurs to markets on fair and equitable terms.
Mr. Sharma served as a chief investment officer at the International Finance Corporation where we spent 28 years working in all emerging market regions. His work included the privatization of state-owned enterprises, the development of creative financing instruments, such as local currency guarantees and securitization and development of specialized lending entities to foster sustainable growth. His sectoral focus has included infrastructure, agri-business, affordable housing, renewable energy, and water and sanitation.