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Tomas Sales

UNDP Special Advisor for Private Sector, Team Leader for Private Sector Development and Financing, UNDP Africa Sustainable Finance Hub

Since 2019, Tomas leads the Africa Sustainable Finance Hub (AFSH) Private Sector and related Sustainable Investments workstreams which deals with issues of SME and informal enterprises finance and trade, regional food value chains development and resilience, green business, and carbon markets. In the previous 4 years, he was the UNDP Manager for the African Facility for Inclusive Markets (AFIM) Unit of the RSCA. Tomas is an expert on Emerging Markets Capital Markets and Business Finance, Private Sector Development and Engagement, Business Ecosystems Development Approach, Collective Action Platforms, Value Chain Development, Impact Investment and Sustainable Finance. He has a solid track record in designing, developing, and delivering successful corporate flagships products and development solutions such as the UNDP’s “Realizing Africa’s Wealth- Building Inclusive Business for Shared Prosperity Report”, the Africa Impact Investment Action Plan and Sector Development Initiative” and the “Agribusiness Supplier Development Program” implemented in Nigeria, Kenya, and Cote Ivoire. He has helped pioneering 3 Regional Food Value Chains Facilitation Platforms with ECOWAS, COMESA and EAC, co-developed the “CAADP Investment Facilitation Project” for Investment Agencies, the strategic and business plan for the creation of the AUC AIMEC (African Inclusive Markets Centre of Excellence) and lead with the preparation of the “South Africa SDG Investor Map”, the first in the continent. Tomas also led an “Africa Impact Investment Fund of Funds Study “and the incubation and launching of the Impact@Africa, a continental impact investment network. He also contributed actively in the preparation of’ “Regulation as a Stimulus Report” to leverage the AfCTA opportunities in the post COVID recovery era.  Before UNDP he served as an Emerging Capital Markets Director and Investment Advisor with Caswell Capital Partners, the Devpar Group, and the Aidoo Group in Wall Street. He holds a Post-Graduate Advanced Diploma in International Business and Finance, and Master of Arts and Science on International Economics and Development from Fordham University. He speaks English, Portuguese, and French.

 

 

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