Mr. Polizatto is a senior global risk and credit executive with 40+ years in banking and finance. He was the Chief Risk Officer, Asia Pacific for International Finance Corporation (IFC) based in Hong Kong with senior-most risk oversight of US$12+ billion investment portfolio across more than 20 countries. He was also a core member of the global Risk Leadership Team and the Asia Pacific Senior Management Team.
Prior to that Mr. Polizatto was the Chief Credit officer based in Washington DC. He was a key decision-maker globally, with the Business, on new financial markets transactions across East and South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and North Africa with approval authority running into the hundreds of millions of dollars. He played a significant role in many of IFC’s largest and most profitable banking investments globally including in China, Korea, Russia, Colombia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. He developed investment and credit guidelines, covenants, and policies for IFC. He had a key role in enabling new products, guiding structuring and risk mitigation, and also kept oversight of the investment portfolio.
Before joining the IFC Mr. Polizatto was an Advisor to the World Bank in Washington, D.C. where he led the World Bank’s banking supervision practice. He assisted various governments in formulating programs to further develop and deepen their financial sectors, strengthen banking supervision and prudential regulation, resolve banking failures and systemic distress, and improve the institutional framework required for sound financial intermediation. He engaged with officials at the highest levels of several governments.
Mr. Polizatto’s association with the World Bank dates to 1984, while on loan from the U.S. Government. He subsequently joined the World Bank Group in 1987. In his early career, Mr. Polizatto served as a National Bank Examiner with the U.S. Comptroller of the Currency. During his 14 years with the OCC, he led onsite bank examinations, conducted offsite surveillance of multinational and regional financial institutions, supervised and examined problem banks, and developed new supervisory technologies.
An American citizen and permanent resident of Hong Kong SAR, Mr. Polizatto is a graduate of the University of Florida and holds a Masters degree from Rollins College. He also completed the Harvard Executive Development Program and received a banking certificate from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking.