Senior Advisor, International Finance Corporation (IFC)
Sean Flannery is the Managing Member of Redbrow, LLC and a Senior Advisor to the World Bank Group’s International Finance Corporation (IFC). Formerly the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Sustainable Investment Strategies at the Meister Consultants Group, he focuses on bridging the gap between the current private equity-oriented funding for sustainable energy projects and the institutional investor practices required for funding large-scale initiatives. He advises the International Renewable Energy Association (IRENA) on strategies, incentives and structures designed to attract institutional investment to renewable energy projects, and he is serving as Expert Reviewer for the Organization for Economic and Development (OECD). He is appointed to the Consultative Working Group for the Financial Innovation Standing Committee of the European Securities Market Association (ESMA) Standing Committee on Financial Innovation, and he advises countries and multi-lateral organizations on clean energy financial incentives and policy. Sean Flannery is also managing member of Proxima LLC., which structures and co-invests in renewable energy projects with large institutional investors around the world.
Mr. Flannery previously was Chief Investment Officer, Americas for State Street Global Advisors, where he was responsible for over US$2 trillion in global assets under management, across all listed asset classes and in all global geographies. Earlier in his career, both he led a global fixed income investment team and was a bond portfolio manager with deep expertise in various forms of balance sheet and asset-based finance. He has also played a key role in important financial market innovations all around the world, including the Pan Asian Investment Fund, a ground-breaking strategy led by 11 East-Asian central banks which opened several member countries to outside investments in sovereign debt, and innovative approaches to liability-driven investment strategies to reduce risk for pension and insurance funds.
A long-time champion for development of sustainable health initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa, Mr. Flannery was a member of the teaching faculty for the Harvard Summer Program in Kisumu, Kenya, where he lectured on innovation in low-resource settings. Mr. Flannery has a BA in Economics from the George Washington University, and is a Fellow of the Harvard Weatherhead Center for International Affairs (in residence 2009–2010). He is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Climate Bond Initiative, Newsweek Green Rankings, the Network for Sustainable Financial Markets and the Boston Committee on Foreign Relations.