Diana Smallridge

President and CEO

Diana Smallridge is a leading expert on Export Credit Agencies, EXIM Banks and Development Banks around the world. With three decades of experience, she has extensive knowledge of export and development finance systems and an in-depth understanding of the challenges and opportunities faced by financial institutions working to catalyze economic growth. Since founding International Financial Consulting in 2000, Diana has worked with multilateral, bilateral and national agencies from over 50 countries on a wide range of projects. She is a hands-on senior consultant and seasoned project leader and is widely recognized as one of the foremost advisors in the field. She developed the Full Potential© strategic planning methodology which is applied in projects worldwide, as well as the Health Diagnostic Tool© to measure the overall performance of financial institutions with a development mandate. A pioneering thinker on issues such as climate finance, Diana is a sought after speaker and facilitator at international workshops and conferences, and has been the Conference Chairman for the Annual Global Convention on Insuring Export Credit and Political Risk since 2001.

Professional Highlights

  • Led the growth of International Financial Consulting Ltd. to become a recognized brand within the industry since 2000
  • Built a high caliber team of professionals from around the world through catalytic growth
  • Overseen the successful execution of over 240 projects
  • Won the award from the Association of DFIs of Asia Pacific (ADFIAP) for best Human Capital Development Project in 2018 for the institutional development project with Uganda Development Bank Ltd.
  • Authored numerous publications on the role of National Development Banks

Outside of IFCL

Prior to establishing International Financial Consulting, Diana worked with the Export Development Canada for 12 years from 1988 to 2000, where she was Director, International Relations, as well as Special Advisor to the President, leading the strategic planning.

She graduated from Queens University, in Kingston, Ontario with a Masters of Arts in Economics.