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Larisa Manastirli, Director, Head of Bulgaria, EBRD

Larisa Manastirli has taken the position of EBRD Director, Head of Bulgaria on 7 December 2015. Larisa has been with the EBRD for 12 years. She joined the Bank in 2001 in the Resident Office in Chisinau to work as a banker covering projects in various sectors and played a leading role in developing and implementing products and facilities of early transition countries that are part of the EBRD region. With growing tasks and exposures she covered a wider geography with particular involvement in Ukraine and Armenia.

 After six years with the EBRD she decided to join the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank where she worked for five years on transactions in financial sector, private equity and infrastructure in 11 countries of the Black Sea Region (Albania and Caucasus, Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Romania, Russia Turkey, Ukraine). During this period she was also sitting on advisory boards of various regional private equity funds. Larisa returned to the EBRD in early 2012 to take the role as the Head of Bishkek office. In that capacity, she managed to significantly strengthen relationships with the government and development partners, raise the profile of the office and launch new initiatives as well as lead the team to deliver record high volume and number of investment operations.

Larisa has BSs from the Moldovan Academy of Economic Studies and an MBA from the University of Wales. She is a member of ACCA since 2003.