Carmen Niethammer is the Employment Lead for IFC’s Gender Secretariat. As such, she directs IFC’s efforts to enable companies to address gender gaps in employment and thereby drive gains in productivity, competitiveness, and innovation. Previously, she was seconded as Gender Advisor to Odebrecht S.A., a multinational corporation headquartered in Brazil and composed of diversified businesses in construction, chemicals and petrochemicals, bioenergy, and real estate. Before, she was the Acting Head and Strategy Officer of IFC’s Women in Business Program, with responsibility for creating opportunities for women as leaders, entrepreneurs, and employees in developing countries. She also served as IFC’s Gender Program Manager in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Carmen manages the World Bank Group’s “She Works” private sector partnership where 13 companies committed to gender-smart measures to improve job opportunities for more than 360 thousand women. A member of the UN Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEPs) Leadership Group, she leads its Workplace Community of Practice.
Carmen has written extensively on the topic of women and business, and her work on women’s employment resulted in the 2013 IFC report, “Investing in Women’s Employment: Good for Business, Good for Development.” In partnership with GRI, Carmen co-authored a Practitioner’s Guide “Gender and Sustainability Reporting”. She served on GRI’s Gender Working Group impacting updates to GRI’s G3 Sustainability Reporting Framework.
Carmen joined IFC from the World Bank’s MENA Chief Economist Office. Before this, she was an Aid Coordinator as part of the UN Resident Coordinator System in Sana’a, Yemen. Carmen is a graduate of The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Country Experience: Latin America (Brazil); Middle East & North Africa (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Djibouti, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, UAE, Yemen); South Asia (Afghanistan, India, Pakistan)
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