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Development Finance Institution

Financing opportunities with anticipated development impact in emerging economies

What We Do

The J.P. Morgan Development Finance Institution (JPM DFI) was launched in January 2020 to spur additional capital towards financing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in emerging economies. The JPM DFI expands J.P. Morgan’s development-oriented financing activities by i) applying its methodology to assess the anticipated impact of financial products; ii) originating and structuring development finance transactions; and iii) identifying sources of capital interested in financing opportunities with measurable development impact. By supporting the origination and distribution of financial products to investors and lenders interested in financing development, the DFI aims to build development finance as a traded asset class.

Key Contacts

Faheen Allibhoy
Managing Director

Head of the JPM DFI

+1 (212) 622 8253

faheen.allibhoy@jpmorgan.com

Faheen Allibhoy
Managing Director

Faheen Allibhoy leads the JPM DFI in its mission to catalyze finance for the SDGs and increase the participation of private capital in development finance.

Faheen is a seasoned manager with experience in international investing, emerging markets and the development agenda. She has sector expertise in infrastructure, renewable energy, industrials and private equity funds.

Prior to J.P. Morgan, Faheen spent 18 years at the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector arm of the World Bank, where she was responsible for setting strategy, business development, transaction execution and portfolio management; as well as serving as Country Manager based in Dakar, Senegal. Faheen started her career at Merrill Lynch in Investment Banking. Faheen has a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is a member of the Council of Foreign Relations, Wellesley Business Leadership Council and the Harvard Business School Advisory Council for Africa.

Arsalan Mahtafar
Executive Director

Director of Development Impact

+1 (212) 270 8088

arsalan.mahtafar@jpmorgan.com

Arsalan Mahtafar
Executive Director

Arsalan Mahtafar is the Director of Development Impact of the JPM DFI.

In this role, Arsalan maintains the JPM DFI methodology – ensuring it is in-line with best practices in the field of development finance – and applies the methodology to banking and markets transactions originated and structured by J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank to assess their anticipated development impact.

Arsalan joins the JPM DFI from J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank’s Strategy team, where he advised senior management on growth and transformation strategies, including the strategy and operating model of the JPM DFI. Prior to J.P. Morgan, Arsalan was a manager within McKinsey’s Economic Development Practice, where he advised developing country governments on country growth strategies. Arsalan holds a Master in Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University and dual Bachelors in Business Administration and International Political Economy from UC Berkeley.

Jiten Wignarajah
Executive Director

Director of Development Finance and Distribution

+44 (207) 134 7675

jiten.wignarajah@jpmorgan.com

Jiten Wignarajah
Executive Director

Jiten Wignarajah is Director of Development Finance and Distribution at the JPM DFI, based in London.

Jiten is responsible for identifying investors interested in owning development-focused assets and providing support to J.P Morgan’s Syndicate and Sales teams in attracting these investors to JPM DFI-qualified transactions. He will also be responsible for the origination and structuring of new development finance products to further attract institutional investment.

Jiten started his career in J.P. Morgan’s Securitized Products Group where he was responsible for originating, structuring and distributing structured finance products for European and emerging market clients. He has over 15 years of experience working with financial institutions, sponsors, specialty-finance lenders and corporate clients. Jiten studied Physics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford.

Mihai Mosneanu
Executive Director

Director of Development Finance Syndications

+44 (207) 134 2427

mihai.mosneanu@jpmorgan.com

Mihai Mosneanu
Executive Director

Mihai Mosneanu is the Director of Development Finance Syndications of the JPM DFI.

Mihai is responsible for expanding the reach of the developmental transaction which J.P. Morgan originates across various lines of business to an ever growing investor universe. Having been with J.P. Morgan for over 8 years and with more than a decade of professional experience in emerging markets, Mihai’s broader mandate within the firm is to oversee the distribution of the emerging markets private credit business which allows for broader synergies as the JPM DFI evolves.

Mihai holds a Masters in International Relations from the University of Cambridge and graduated with a First Class Honors bachelor degree in Economics from University College London.

Allie Barry
Associate

+1 (212) 622 3185

alexandra.l.barry@jpmorgan.com

Allie Barry
Associate

Allie Barry is an Associate of the JPM DFI, providing support to all of the JPM DFI functions including deal origination, structuring, development qualification, and investor syndication.

Allie joined the JPM DFI from the firm’s Management Associate Program, a leadership development program. Prior to joining J.P. Morgan, Allie worked as an associate at Glade Brook Capital. Allie holds a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Science in International Politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Martina Brandli
Associate

+1 (212) 622 1398

martina.brandli@jpmorgan.com

Martina Brandli
Associate

Martina Brandli is an Associate of the JPM DFI. Martina joined the JPM DFI from the Investment Strategy team in J.P. Morgan’s Asset and Wealth Management business.

Prior to this, Martina worked as an analyst at the J.P. Morgan Private Bank in Italy and at the European Commission in Luxembourg. Martina holds a Masters in International Management and a Bachelor in Economics from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy.

Daniel Zelikow
Vice Chair

Chair of the Governing Board of J.P. Morgan Development Finance Institution

+1 (212) 585 3758

daniel.zelikow@jpmorgan.com

Daniel Zelikow
Vice Chair

Daniel Zelikow is Vice Chair, Public Sector, at J.P. Morgan, Global Co-Head of Infrastructure Finance and Advisory, and Chair of the Governing Board of the JPM DFI. He leads a team that manages the bank’s business with public sector clients. In 2020, he launched the JPM DFI to scale up the firm’s financing of development challenges in emerging markets.

Immediately prior to re-joining J.P. Morgan in 2010, Daniel was the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, D.C. While with the IADB, he was instrumental in defining a new corporate strategy, doubling the volume of client operations, devising and executing the IADB’s response to the global financial crisis, and bringing about significant management and financial reforms. He also chaired the management committees on policy, operations, and risk, and he chaired the Board of Executive Directors in the President’s absence.

Daniel was previously with J.P. Morgan and headed the firm’s emerging markets sovereign debt origination and its liability management group. He also managed a New York-based investment banking practice focused on government financial institutions, multilateral development banks, export credit agencies and sovereigns.

Prior to joining J.P. Morgan in 1999, he held key positions in the U.S. Treasury, where he was Deputy Assistant Secretary responsible for financial policy towards countries in the Americas, Asia and Africa. At Treasury, he was the founding director of the Office of Technical Assistance and also served for two years as the Senior Economic and Financial Advisor to the President and Minister of Finance of Albania in Tirana.

He holds a BA from Dartmouth College, graduating summa cum laude, and a D.Phil from Oxford University. He serves on several for profit and non-profit boards.

Press

J.P. Morgan Starts Development Finance Group to Help Meet UN Goals

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J.P. Morgan Says it Will Fund $100b in Emerging Market Projects

CNBC

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J.P. Morgan’s Fresh Idea for Development Finance

Euromoney

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J.P. Morgan’s Development Finance Arm Structures First Deal

Reuters

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