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IFC Global Markets Strategy Group Leader to Address Global Executive MBA Graduates, July 26

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Jean Pierre Lacombe, head of the International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Global Markets and Strategy Group, will address graduates of the Georgetown-ESADE Global Executive MBA program during their commencement Saturday, July 26.

The event will take place in Georgetown’s Healy Hall at 2 p.m. Watch the webcast here:

After traveling to four continents during the past 14 months, the 42 students will receive diplomas from both Georgetown University and Spain’s ESADE Business School. The program is a joint initiative among ESADE and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service.

The program immerses students into various business cultures around the world, including modules in Brazil, China, Spain, India, and the United States. This graduating class already is an international group – representing 14 nationalities.

In his current role as the head of the IFC Global Markets and Strategy Group in Washington, D.C., Lacombe provides value-added research on global markets – market dynamics, macroeconomic trends, and geopolitical issues – and their impact on emerging countries’ assets. His team delivers strategic asset allocation recommendations for regions, countries, and sectors for IFC management, operational teams, external clients, and for the Asset Management Company.

Lacombe joined the IFC in 2001 to work in the Corporate Portfolio Management Department, managing a risk overlay function of IFC’s global loan and equity portfolio. He later moved to the Central Equity Department, where he built a global market strategy platform to perform top-down analysis and investment recommendations across all asset classes for IFC’s regional and industry departments. In 2009, he became the head of global market strategy in the Corporate Strategy Department, where he ran global markets and economic research, portfolio research, and corporate stress testing for the Corporate Portfolio and Risk department.

Before joining the IFC, Lacombe spent 12 years in the private sector, working for Johnson & Johnson, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays Capital in New York, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, and London. During his investment banking career, he headed institutional and proprietary trading in foreign exchange, fixed income, and equities for Latin and Asian emerging markets.

Lacombe holds degrees in mechanical engineering and operations research from Cornell University and a degree in finance from MIT.