Haydee Celaya

Latin America Council Vice Chair, Chief Investment Officer


Haydee Celaya is a co-founder of Avanz Capital where she is the Chief Investment Officer and Chairs the Investment Committee. Ms. Celaya has direct oversight for the firm’s investment activities in several emerging markets, including Latin America, and leads the firms fundraising efforts and investor relations activities.Ms. Celaya has 30 years experience in international finance including 19 years as a senior executive at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Ms. Celaya most recently served as Director of IFC’s Global Private Equity and Investment Funds Department, one of the largest emerging markets portfolios of private equity funds, and Chair of its Investment Committee. Ms. Celaya is a former Regional Director in Sub-Saharan Africa and headed the Latin America Financial Institutions Group for the IFC.

Ms. Celaya helped establish the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) and served on its Advisory Committee from 2004-2010. Ms. Celaya holds a BA from Georgetown University and a MA in Development Banking from The American University in Washington, DC.