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Alba Quilez

Alba is an Investment Officer in the Financial Products and Services Division of IDB Invest. As a member of the Trade and Supply Chain Finance team, she is responsible for providing trade and supply chain solutions to IDB Invest clients, including private sector companies and financial intermediaries. These solutions consist in import/export loans and guarantees, receivables discounting, payables finance, among other instruments. Alba has worked for the IDB Group since 2010, holding different positions as trade finance specialist. Before joining the IDB Group, Alba worked as an investment analyst in the Trade Commission of Spain in New York and as a strategic consultant in Analistas Financieros Internacionales, a leading consulting firm in Madrid. She started her career in London, where she worked for CAM bank. Alba holds an MBA from IE Business School with a specialization in corporate finance and several certificates as trade finance specialist.

Posts by Alba Quilez

How can Anchor Companies Boost Access to Finance for Their MSME Suppliers?

Increasing access to alternative sources of financing for credit-constrained MSMEs is critical, and supply chain finance has emerged as a viable solution. Reverse factoring—whereby the supplier sells its invoices to a financial intermediary for fast cash, and the buyer guarantees payment of these invoices—shows particular promise.