Luz Martínez is an economist with a specialization in Development Finance. She has over eight years of experience working on financial sector development in middle-income countries, with a specific focus on Small and medium-sized enterprises development.
At KIT Royal Tropical Institute, she collaborates in research and implementation projects on women’s financial inclusion with Development Finance Institutions such as the Dutch Development Bank (FMO), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG). She has also built up considerable experience advising financial institutions and impact investors (Impact Loan eXchange) to design and develop their ESG safeguarding policies, impact strategies, management practices and reporting methodologies.
She has authored papers on long-term financing concerns in Argentina, Chile and Brazil. Before joining KIT, Luz advised UNCDF, UN´s capital investment agency, whose mandate is to make finance work for poor people in Least Developed Countries. Previously, she worked at the National Bank of Argentina (BNA) for more than 5 years, where she was a financial advisor to the Board of Directors and to the Leasing affiliate of BNA, and, before that, a Chief Compliance Officer at GARANTIZAR S.G.R., a mutual guarantee company.