Q&A: Swedfund CEO on expansion plans, investment priorities

Maria Håkansson, CEO at Swedfund.

WASHINGTON — Over the years, Swedfund, Sweden’s development finance institution, has refined its focus and processes, and now CEO Maria Håkansson would like to see it double in size.

Swedfund today has a portfolio of about $500 million, and while it used to work on a global level, it now only works in sub-Saharan Africa and a few countries in Asia where it believes the needs are the greatest and it can make the biggest contribution.

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    Adva Saldinger is an Associate Editor at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.