Dafna Tapiero


Dafna Tapiero is the Co-Founder of Laurel Strategies, Inc. Tapiero is a seasoned executive having worked on strategy, communications, and strategic philanthropy in the private, public and civil society sectors. Prior to Laurel Strategies, she worked at the World Bank Group for 20 years, serving in leadership roles launching funds and new implementation models for development, ranging from financial system reform in East Asia, to developing and applying ESG standards, to leading agricultural land privatization in Russia, to advancing corporate social responsibility and more. In 2014, she also served as Senior Advisor on Innovative Financing in the Office of the Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme, forging partnerships and financing mechanisms to build resilience and increased preparedness for climate-induced natural disasters.  Following the Asian Financial Crisis, she also founded and managed the World Bank’s Financial Sector Reform and Strengthening (FIRST) Initiative, a US$ 66 million global fund established to provide direct support to countries in reforming and developing their financial systems.