Patrick Avato leads IFC’s Cities Initiative in Europe and Central Asia. He manages strategic partnerships with major cities such as Izmir, Antalya, Kiev and Belgrade and supports their urban transformations through comprehensive financing and advisory solutions. Particular focus includes public transport, solid waste, waste water and smart city solutions.
Mr. Avato has more than 14 years of experience in the infrastructure sector across Europe, Central Asia, Africa and South Asia. Before joining IFC, he held various positions in energy policy and corporate finance. He has an MBA from the University of Tuebingen and an MA in International Economics from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).