Shiva Dustdar is the Director, Head of the EIB Institute.

Shiva has over 28 years of experience in the financial industry working for large private and public institutions in New York, London and Luxembourg. Since joining the EIB in 2003, she has worked in risk management, lending, investing and advising in innovative companies.

Shiva lastly headed the Innovation Finance Advisory (IFA) Division in the EIB which she built and scaled up into a successful innovation financing advisory programme covering green, digital, space, gender-smart and health-related sectors.

Shiva started her career in 1993 at J.P. Morgan Investment Banking in New York working in M&A, Project Finance and Emerging Markets before joining Fitch Rating Agency in 1999 to set up its European High Yield rating business. She holds a BA (Magna cum Laude) in Economics from Columbia University and an Executive MBA from London Business School (LBS).

Shiva is a regular speaker on innovation and impact financing, gender smart investing, digital and green financing. She is actively engaged in networks that promote sustainable and mission-oriented financing.