Speaker Bio

Vimal Parmar

Vimal Parmar, CFA, MBA
Senior Capital Markets Specialist Vimal is passionate about governance, financial integrity, green/climate finance, ESG, health finance, poverty reduction, environmental conservation and sustainable finance/development through creating a positive impact on the environment and livelihoods of people. Vimal’s extensive work experience spans across Africa (over 35 countries), Middle East and global firms responsible for Africa and Frontier Market funds. His expertise lies in financial sector, capital markets, climate finance, sustainable development, Fintech and research. His specialities range from technical assistance, grants, investments in sustainable development capital, financial integrity, advisory and research.

At FSD Africa, Vimal is responsible for leading and managing the implementation climate/green, sustainable finance and capital markets development initiatives across Africa, including green bonds. He leads the execution of strategies for strengthening African capital markets, financial market infrastructure, capacity building and enhancing access to growth finance in the region through sustainable development. He is involved in facilitating transformative development and growth of debt/equity markets, climate/green finance, Islamic and long-term finance, alternative finance, financial integrity together with knowledge management. He is also involved in development capital and fintech work at FSD Africa. He has led the development of Capital Market Regulator strategies in various African countries, led country diagnostics and championed sustainable agendas.

Prior to joining FSD Africa, Vimal has provided strategic leadership, senior management and independent consultancy expertise in well-respected African and global firms in the investment banking space. He has led teams on the research front and advised on debt and equity transactions in SSA on capital raising and valuations, transaction/financial advisory, listings on stock exchanges, economic and industry research and provided strategic direction to both private and public companies in various sectors.

Vimal has presented at global conferences on thought leadership in various sectors. He is a CFA® Charter holder and holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA). Vimal is a Climate and Sustainable Finance professional, certified ESG specialist and Health Economics and Policy expert having studied in NYU Stern School of Business and London School of Economics and Political Science respectively.