Margaret Sider

Consultant

Margaret Sider is responsible for project management and execution with a focus on climate finance, strategic planning and institutional capacity building for clients within Latin America and the Caribbean. She also works extensively in Africa and Asia, supporting the development of business and operationalization plans to establish and strengthen development finance institutions. She is a dynamic project manager with a passion for planning, communication, and designing creative facilitation packages to mobilize and engage stakeholders towards inclusive growth. Margaret is fluent in Spanish and English, and has a working proficiency of French, Thai, Lao, Bahasa Indonesia, Afrikaans, and Chichewa.

Professional Highlights

  • Co-developed a comprehensive business plan for a national development bank in the Caribbean focused on mainstreaming climate resiliency and gender; supported the design of a unique performance monitoring system to enhance the institution’s capacity to report on development impact

  • Managed a team of experts in building an institutional strategic and implementation plan for a development bank focused on environmental infrastructure in the Mexican-American border region; built consensus among government stakeholders to position the bank to act as a catalyst for participation by financial and non-financial players alike

  • Co-facilitated a high-level dialogue to rally support for the establishment of the African Financial Alliance on Climate Change, bringing together key representatives of financial institutions operating in Africa to exchange views on modalities for supporting and accelerating Africa’s efforts to invest in opportunities provided by climate change to support Africa’s transition to low-carbon and climate-resilient development

  • Organized a Workshop for CEOs of African Development Finance Institutions and stakeholders to discuss and advance their role in Climate Finance

  • Managed a team of experts to establish a public-private development finance institution in southeastern Africa; led in-country market research and consultations to form an analysis of the demand and feasibility of the institution; and managed the development of the institution’s inaugural business plan and roadmap to operationalization

  • Facilitated a Roundtable discuss to engage the Canadian industry, with a focus on clean technology and energy infrastructure development firms; provided support and recommendations to Global Affairs Canada Trade Commissioners Service on building climate finance capacity within the department

  • Supported the development of a RoadMap and Business Plan for the Operationalization of de novo Eximbank in south Asia

Outside of IFCL

Margaret has spent the majority of her career working directly with development institutions in Guatemala, Laos, Malawi, and South Africa. She has coordinated networks and managed a range of projects and programmes primarily in the promotion of green growth. From this extensive experience on the ground, she brings an understanding of the range of unique issues institutions may face in day to day operations, as well as a strong expertise in organization and design thinking.

She is a Certified Expert in Climate and Renewable Energy Finance through the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management. Completing her undergraduate degree in International Development at a specialized university in Canada gave her the unique opportunity to get hands-on experience – working, teaching, and studying throughout 16 countries in Europe, Africa, and Asia.