Director of Sustainable Business and MSME
Paula Pelaez leads a team within the advisory services division supporting IDB Invest’s clients. She helps integrate sustainability and circularity into strategy and operations, supports sustainability in financial instruments, and fosters the inclusion of vulnerable populations and MSMEs in value chains. Paula has over 20 years’ experience working at the intersection of private sector and development. She joined IDB Invest from UNDP, where she was head of the Business Call to Action – a leading global platform advancing inclusive business and its contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals. Prior, Paula worked in New York for Business for Social Responsibility advising global corporations on issues including sustainable sourcing, business and human rights and sustainability strategy. She has worked with CARE Canada and Aga Khan Foundation on value chain development, impact investing and microfinance. She is currently based in Washington DC and has lived and worked in Turkey, Kenya, Mozambique, Costa Rica, Colombia and Bangladesh. Paula began her career working with Grupo Aval in her home country Colombia. She has an MSc in environmental studies from York University, Canada, and a BSc in industrial engineering from Universidad de los Andes, Colombia.