Ethiopis Tafara
United States

Ethiopis Tafara is the General Counsel and a Vice President for Legal and Compliance Risk, and ESG Sustainability of IFC. In this capacity, he is responsible for IFC’s non-financial risk, including legal and compliance functions. He also oversees IFC’s environmental, social, and governance operations.

Before joining IFC, he was the Director of the Office of International Affairs at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. In that capacity he provided advice on all international legal and policy issues that had an impact on the SEC’s regulatory, supervisory, and enforcement programs. He also oversaw an extensive technical assistance and capacity-building program focused on helping strengthen regulation and oversight in emerging markets. During his time at the SEC, he served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) and Chairman of the Public Interest Oversight Board Monitoring Group, which oversees the public-interest activities of the International Federation of Accountants. He also served as the SEC Deputy to the Financial Stability Board and the IFRS Foundation Monitoring Board.

Mr. Tafara is also an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teaches a course on Regulation of International Securities Markets.