Profile Of Speakers

Diane C. Damskey

Head of Secretariat, Operating Principles for Impact Management

Diane Damskey is Head of the Secretariat of the Operating Principles for Impact Management, a global standard for impact investors. She leads the engagement with private sector asset managers, asset owners, wealth managers and family offices, and is responsible for the administration, promotion and growth in the number of impact investors adopting this standard. Signatories to the Impact Principles currently represent more than US$500 billion in impact assets. Prior to this, Diane was a senior member of the IFC team that developed the Impact Principles.  Diane joined IFC after serving as an Adviser to the Chief Financial Officer of the World Bank Group, where she led initiatives to promote private sector investment in emerging markets.


Diane joined the World Bank following more than 25 years’ experience with private sector financial institutions. At Manufacturers Hanover Trust, she managed banking relationships in North Africa, and participated in the debt restructuring negotiations with the Kingdom of Morocco. She then became a member of the Troika at Lehman Brothers serving as an advisor to the Republic of Venezuela on the restructuring of its external debt, and then managed debt repurchase programs for Hungary and Russia at the First National Bank of Chicago.  Diane has held several senior roles with institutional and private client investment managers, including Credit Suisse Asset Management, Northern Trust, UBS International Private Bank, and JPMorgan. Diane holds a B.S. in Foreign Service, cum laude, from Georgetown University and M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School.  She is a CFA charterholder.