Christine is the Lead Specialist at the Innovation Lab of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB Group – IDB Lab – in Colombia. She works on topics of Innovation for Inclusion, leveraging technologies to generate exponential impact through non-reimbursable financing of projects and startups, generating and disseminating knowledge and building networks.
Christine leads IDB Lab’s Social Impact Bond (SIB) and Outcome Fund (OF) Program in Colombia as an innovative financial mechanism to tie payment of government social programs to outcomes, while involving impact investors to upfront working capital, particularly in formal employment for difficult-to-place populations. Contributed to the inclusion of SIBs and OF into the National Development Plan of the current government. In March 2017, Colombia became the first emerging country to launch a SIB. Also leads IDB Lab’s SIB Facility to gather and disseminate new learning on pay for success initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean. Has participated as a panelist in the International Bond Working Group.
As examples of innovation for inclusion, Christine has co-led include the Extraordinary Value Entrepreneurship program, to identify starts ups with growth potential in low income populations to offer business tools and advisory services focusing on strategy and growth. www.volorex.online. She also co-created the National Business Formalization Program for Regional Competitiveness together with the leading Chambers of Commerce in Colombia. Both served as input to the National Governments policies on business formalisation and growth.
Christine co-leads the Digital Transformation and Innovation Task Force at the IDB’s Country Office in Colombia and serves as IDB Lab’s focal point in Colombia.