Sara Alvarado

Executive Director
Institute for Sustainable Finance

Sara Alvarado is Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Finance, which fuses academia, private sector and government to shape Canada’s sustainable finance. She is the former Head of Risk, Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB), where she built the inaugural Enterprise risk management (ERM) function. Prior to the CIB, she was Senior Officer, Infrastructure New Products & Special Transactions at the European Investment Bank (EIB) based in Luxembourg, focusing on catalysing private sector investments into green infrastructure in policy priority sectors with support from the EU. Before moving to the EU, Sara spent a combined 15 years in Private Placements and Infrastructure as Managing Director at Manulife and Director at Sun Life, plus 10 years at Scotia Capital. Sara is currently Co-Chair at the World Economic Forum’s Infrastructure 4.0 Initiative. She is a Board Member at Cambridge Memorial Hospital and past Board Member at CFA Society Toronto. She is a CFA charterholder and an MBA from Edinburgh Business School.