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Irene Arias Hofman
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Irene Arias Hofman
Chief Executive Officer, IDB Lab


Irene Arias Hofman  is the CEO of IDB Lab, the innovation and venture laboratory of the Inter-American Development Bank Group. Their purpose is to discover new ways to drive social inclusion, environmental action and productivity in Latin America and the Caribbean. IDB Lab leverages financing, knowledge, and connections to support early-stage entrepreneurship, foster the development of new technologies, activate innovative markets, and catalyze existing sectors.

Previously, Irene worked for 20 years at the IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, where she managed the Financial Institutions Group and the LAC region with its 16-billiondollar portfolio. Her focus has been on innovation and technology, venture capital, and organizational development.

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