Ellis J. Juan

Ellis J. Juan

Economic Development Specialist
Ellis J. Juan

On January 1st, 2017, Ellis J. Juan retired from the IDB under the Bank’s retirement program. He now acts as an Independent External Advisor on Infrastructure Finance, Public Private Partnerships and Urban Development. He is currently an external advisor to Development Institutions in the Washington area. He has worked, or is currently working, with IFC (PPP Program in Argentina), World Bank (Global Review of Public Infrastructure Funds), and Center for International Development, Harvard University (Albania Investment Corporation, and Jordan Infrastructure Development).

On May 1st, 2016, He took responsibilities as Division Chief of the Housing and Urban Development Division at the Inter-American development Bank (IDB). This Division merges the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative with the Urban Cluster in the Bank. From January, 2012 until May 2016, He was the General Coordinator for the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative (ESCI) in the Inter-American Development Bank. This is a Bank’s new initiative to engage in assisting emerging cities to deal with the challenges of rapid urbanization and climate change while making the city environmentally, urban and fiscally sustainable. With already + 70 cities included in the Program, ESCI has proven a successful technical assistance and financing program for urban infrastructure. The Program has mobilized US$ 75 million in technical assistance and close to US$ 4 billion in long term financing. 

From March 2008 to January 2012, Ellis J. Juan had responsibilities as Country Representative for the Inter-American Bank in Mexico. He was responsible for the overall Bank’s operations (i.e., public, private and sub-national sectors) and new business developments in Mexico. The Bank has an outstanding portfolio of US$ 7 billion in Mexico and an average lending program of US$ 2.5 billion per year for the 2008F2011 periods. 
Between April 2004 and March 2008, Mr. Juan was a Sector Manager in the Finance, Economics and Urban Department in the World Bank (FEU) where he was responsible for the Infrastructure Finance Group. Previously (2001-2004), Ellis was the Head of the Capital Markets Group, Private Sector Department at the Inter-American Development Bank. The Group provides partial credit guarantees to support private issuers in local capital markets in the region.

Before these positions Mr. Juan has had experience in the infrastructure finance area through several positions at the Banco Santander (Head of Investment Banking for LATAM) and the World Bank. Ellis J. Juan, a dual citizen of USA and Venezuela, has extensive management operating experience in Latin America, having worked in Venezuela’s private sector in both the industrial and the financial sector for 20 years. During the period 1989-91, he served as CEO of the Venezuelan Investment Fund and Deputy Minister for Privatization during President Perez’s Economic Reform Program and successfully privatized several key state-owned enterprises. He is a graduate of Columbia University, New York (MBA) and holds an economics degree from Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela.

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