Gillian Kettaneh has worked as a corporate lawyer, project financier, strategic investor in the emerging markets since 1989. She started her career at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton (New York), then spent 10 years working for development finance institutions - The World Bank (Washington DC), The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (London) and the International Finance Corporation (Johannesburg). Following the IFC she worked for Royal Bafokeng Holdings, the asset management company for an indigenous South African community with commercial assets of GBP 3 billion.
Gillian has a BSc Economics degree from the London School of Economics; Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently a trustee of the Nexii Development Trust South Africa and Bioversity International (UK). Her interests are in the areas of sustainable natural resource use, innovative financing mechanisms and community development.