Neside Tas Anvaripour
CEO, Neo Themis
AboutTas is the CEO of Themis with over 30 years of experience and a proven track-record in sourcing, structuring, negotiating and closing multi-billion-dollar infrastructure transactions in emerging markets, with a focus on Africa and Asia. She also served as the first CEO of Africa50. Previously, she was the Director of Business Development at the AfDB where she led the design, structuring, and fund raising of Africa50 and was instrumental in securing its ground-breaking capitalization. Prior to this position, she was Head for Private Infrastructure Finance, where she was in charge of the AfDB’s private sector investments in the Energy, Transport, Water and ICT sectors. Under her leadership the AfDB was positioned as the main infrastructure player in Africa, amongst DFIs and commercial banks while fostering a brand of leadership and partnership.
In 2014, she was decorated as a Commander, National Order of Merit and Legion d’Honneur of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. A World Bank Fellow, Tas holds a BSc in Finance from Ankara University in Turkey and an MA in Economics and Policy Management from Columbia University in the USA. She is a citizen of Turkey and the United States.