Tas has more than 25 years of experience, with a proven track-record in sourcing, structuring, negotiating and closing multi-million-dollar infrastructure transactions in emerging markets, with a focus on Africa and Asia. She previously served as the first CEO of Africa50, Africa’s newest infrastructure delivery initiative and before that was director of business development at the African Development Bank (AfDB) where she led the design, structuring, fund raising and operationalisation of Africa50, including its ground-breaking $630m capitalisation. Prior to this position, she was the head of private infrastructure finance at AfDB, where she was in charge of private sector investments in the energy, transport, water and ICT sectors.
Tas is a firm believer in the importance of building mutually beneficial partnerships with project developers, governments, financiers, and project stakeholders. A seasoned strategist, Tas honed her deal origination and portfolio management skills at the Asian Development Bank, Arthur Andersen, New York and PriceWaterHouse Coopers in Chicago. In the past ten years, she has invested $6bn and facilitated over $30bn of infrastructure investments in key emerging markets.
Tas holds a BSc in Finance from Ankara University in Turkey and an MA in Economics and Policy Management from Columbia University. She is a citizen of Turkey and the United States.
Tas is a panellist at the sixth Africa Investment Exchange: Power & Renewables meeting at RSA House, 13-14 November 2019.