Emerging & Frontier leadership have dedicated their professional careers to working with the Americas and Central and Eastern Europe. We bring an unparalleled regional knowledge combined with a unique set of research skills and a global business network.
The leadership team focuses on Emerging & Frontier’s strategic direction, guides the company’s operations and business agenda, and advances its mission.
Katarzyna Kardas brings over twenty years of cross-sectoral professional experience in design and management of international development programs in the field of business and social development, finance and economics, intellectual property, and climate change, among others. She is an expert in impact/ESG investing, fundraising, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and Results-based Management (RBM). Throughout the course of her professional career, she lived and worked in the United States, Canada, Spain and Poland, where she occupied management and advisory positions at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), and Intellectual Property Office of the European Union (EUIPO).
During her work at the IMF's Global Partnerships, she managed a number of capacity development initiatives, including two largest IMF multi-donor trust funds, covering over thirty countries and territories across Latin America and the Caribbean, supporting macroeconomic stability and creation of an environment conducive to investment. While at CIDA, she was in charge of the Canadian Government Technical Assistance Program for Poland and regional initiatives across Central and Eastern Europe, which contributed to the region's successful transition to democracy and market economy. Among others, she managed a portfolio of programs supporting business development (in particular SME development), improving competitiveness, stimulating exports, creating transatlantic business linkages, and developing trade and investment links in the markets of Central and Eastern Europe. Consequently, she has acquired an extensive knowledge of both the Western Hemisphere and Central and Eastern Europe and established a wide professional network in the public, private and non-profit sectors of respective regions.
In recognition of her professionalism, commitment and devotion to International Development, Katarzyna Kardas was awarded with three major Canadian Government awards: Award of Excellence, Merit Award, and Award of Appreciation.
Katarzyna Kardas holds an MBA from the London Business School, HEC School of Management Paris, and Warsaw University of Technology, and has also taken specialized executive courses in international business, fundraising, evaluations, finance and European relations at Harvard University (Harvard Kennedy School), Georgetown University, George Washington University, New York University, Boston University, and the Warsaw School of Economics.
Pablo Rodas-Martini has over twenty-five years of professional experience in international trade, economic development, and macroeconomics in emerging markets, in particular, in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is an expert in impact/ESG investing, climate change, renewable energy, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and human development. He has a profound knowledge of the history, economic development, macroeconomic performance, business environment, competitive advantage, and trade profiles of most of Latin American and Caribbean countries. In the course of his career, he lived in several countries of Latin America, the United States, the United Kingdom and Poland, while working in management, advisory, and research positions at international financial institutions, international organizations, and his own consulting practice.
He was Chief Economist of the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) and Advisor at the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP). He is a Contributor Economist of Oxford Analytica and The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has been a researcher on international trade and development economics for international organizations and think tanks such as: World Bank, IADB, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNDP, International Development Research Center (IDRC), World Trade Organization (WTO), Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), European Commission (EC), United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Latin American Social Sciences Institute (FLACSO), European Union Latin America Relations Observatory (OBREAL/EULARO), Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) of the University of London, Hamburg Institute of Ibero-American Studies, Florida International University (FIU), Center for International Cooperation (CIC) of New York University (NYU), Inter-American Dialogue, Inter-American Conference on Social Security (CISS), Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC), Global Access, Center for Public Integrity, Transparency International, Action Aid, and a few more.
Pablo Rodas-Martini has been a frequent keynote speaker and moderator at economic and business conferences across Latin America, United States, and Europe. He has established a global professional network, including business chambers and private and public sector organisations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Pablo Rodas-Martini holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Economics from Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.