Henriette leads the Gender Business Group at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. She serves as an advocate for gender equality issues in the private sector and works with IFC’s clients to include both women and men as entrepreneurs, employees, consumers, community stakeholders and leaders. She leads a global team that is engaged in co-creating gender-smart private sector solutions through research, investments, advice and peer learning platforms. Before joining IFC in September 2013, Henriette was the CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she remains involved as a senior advisor. Earlier in her career, Henriette was the UN representative in the Middle East Quartet team advising Tony Blair in Jerusalem. She also worked for the Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). She has held positions as governance advisor with the European Commission Delegation to Tanzania, the German Technical Cooperation Agency in Germany, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Tanzania, where she worked on conflict reduction, civic education, and socioeconomic issues in East Africa. Henriette graduated with an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and received her MA from Freiburg University, Germany. She is also a Harvard Kennedy School Women in Public Policy Program fellow (2018). Henriette is a Bucerius and Hertie summer school alumna and a frequent contributor to blogs hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, Huffington Post, and Business Fights Poverty.
Adriana is a Senior Operations Officer with International Finance Corporation (IFC) of the World Bank Group. With over 30 years of experience working to ensure the legally, fiscally, environmentally and socially responsible execution of large-scale mining, energy and infrastructure projects, she is driven by a deep conviction in the transformative potential of the infrastructure and natural resources sectors to provide inclusive benefits to society. For the past six years, Adriana has contributed her core expertise in stakeholder engagement, gender equitable development, benefit sharing and social investment strategies to advise client companies of the Infrastructure and Natural Resources (INR) department at the IFC. Internally, Adriana has also played an active role in advocating for continual improvement on gender issues, leading the implementation of the INR Gender Strategy and at corporate level, IFC’s EDGE Gender recertification process both at HQ and globally. Prior to IFC, Adriana worked for nine years with the Energy and Extractives group at the World Bank. In this role, she advised client governments and other stakeholders on good practice for legal and regulatory reforms as well helping client governments to understand the importance of community development issues, particularly benefit sharing mechanisms and gender. She developed and led both the World Bank’s Gender and Extractives Industries Program and the World Bank’s Gender and Energy program. A Romanian national, Adriana holds an MSc in Geophysics Engineering from University of Bucharest. She authored and co-authored several publications on gender, stakeholder engagement and investments in infrastructure and natural resources sectors. She is passionate about travel, learning about new cultures and working with communities on the ground.
Katherine Heller is an independent consultant specializing in gender and natural resource industries. She has worked with the World Bank for over 14 years, including as the Social Development Specialist for the World Bank’s oil, gas, and mining policy division, and currently as the senior gender specialist consultant to the IFC’s Infrastructure and Natural Resources team. In these roles, she has helped to lead the World Bank's work on understanding and addressing how men and women are differently impacted by oil, gas, and mining activities around the world. She has also worked directly with natural resource companies, advising on development of gender and community engagement strategies. She is the lead author of the new IFC Toolkit “Unlocking Opportunities for Women and Business: A Toolkit of Actions and Strategies for Oil, Gas, and Mining Companies,” and she is an author and/or contributor to numerous publications on gender dimensions of the oil, gas, and mining sectors, including: the World Bank's flagship publication and guidelines on gender mainstreaming in the extractive industries, and publications on gender in the oil and gas sectors; participatory good governance in the extractive industries; a toolkit for understanding gender in small-scale mining; and a toolkit for corporate engagement with oil, gas, and mining communities.