Orli is a development finance and impact investing specialist with over 20 years of experience in these fields. Orli’s specific areas of leadership have included: development finance; project and structured finance within funds, financial institutions, and advisory firms; and impact investing (with a focus on frontier and emerging markets).
Orli manages Cygnum Capital’s asset management debt funds and oversees the operation of four debt funds with over USD600 million of assets under management and an invested portfolio of over USD300 million across 70 transactions in Africa. Key LPs across the funds are KFW and AfDB.
With her role as the managing director and founder of EMFin Advisory Orli has been advising a number of leading institutions (IFC, Norfund, WB, UN ECA, DFID), over the past few years, on private sector investments in infrastructure, mainly focused on power in Africa.
Previously, Orli served as the Director of Investments for Soros Economic Development Fund (SEDF). At SEDF, Orli was actively involved in investments in emerging markets such as Aspada, IPDevII and the WorkingCapital Fund.
Prior to SEDF, Orli successfully led, structured, and closed numerous transactions providing capital to infrastructure projects and companies Africa (54 Assets over $1 bn of principal investments, across 21 countries and 7 sectors). Orli also successfully raised capital from donor countries, as well as debt financing from commercial banks and development finance institutions (DFIs). Orli co-founded and served as CIO for Impala Energy Holdings and spent nearly 10 years serving as MD of the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF), a dedicated open-end commercial debt fund.
Prior to her leadership at Impala Energy and EAIF, Orli served as assistant director at TASC – Ernst & Young and was a manager at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the infrastructure and project finance divisions advising governments and private sector clients on infrastructure & telecom projects.
Orli has an accomplished academic background in economics and finance.