Dr. Tara Shirvani

Principal Sector Leader For Sustainable Transport and Digitalization
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Dr. Tara Shirvani currently works as Principal Sector Leader for Sustainable Transport and Digitalization at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) in London where she is in charge of greening the bank’s infrastructure investment portfolio. Prior to joining EBRD, she was working for over 5 years at the World Bank Group being in charge of large-scale infrastructure projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East and Asia focusing on smart city and road projects. Tara Shirvani started her career working for the United Nations in Iran followed by several investment banking experiences at Deutsche Bank and Citigroup. Dr. Shirvani, an Austrian and Iranian national, is an engineer by training and has earned her Ph.D. in Fuel Technologies from Oxford University and her Master’s in Engineering from Cambridge University. Tara Shirvani is regularly featured in the international press such as Forbes Magazine, Foreign Affairs, New York Times, Financial Time, New Statesman, Stanford International Press and Harvard International Review addressing 21st century challenges such as Climate Change, Energy Politics and the Digital Economy. Her work has received several international awards such as the Forbes 30 under 30 Award, the Aviva Women of the Future Award and the Times of London Rising Star in Science & Engineering Award.