Eileen Fargis joined the InterEnergy team from the IFC Asset Management Company where for the past 8 years she has led the $1.0 billion IFC African, Latin America and Caribbean Fund LP (ALAC Fund), including raising the fund, investing, portfolio management and asset sales. She became Co-Head of the ALAC Fund in January 2015. Prior to joining the AMC in January 2010, Eileen was a Managing Director with GE Capital, including roles in GE Capital Markets, GE Energy Financial Services (GEEFS), and several other divisions of GE Capital. As the Global Growth Risk Leader for GEEFS, the energy and infrastructure investment arm of the General Electric Corporation, Eileen evaluated and executed energy and infrastructure transactions including, among others, coal- and gas-fired power plants in India, Thailand and the Philippines, wind generation in India and Morocco, biofuels in Thailand and China, water desalination and district cooling assets in the Middle East, solar powered generation assets in Korea, and power development enterprises in Turkey and India. She also oversaw GEEFS’s $500 million investment in Global Infrastructure Partners, LP (GIP) a $5.6 billion limited partnership, co-sponsored by GE and Credit Suisse, formed to invest in infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water sectors (2008).
Prior to working at GE Energy Financial Services, Eileen led the international risk team for GE Commercial & Industrial Finance, managing transaction deal teams in Europe and Asia. She first joined GE in 2000 with GE’s Structured Finance Group (GESFG), where she worked on portfolio acquisitions and managed GE’s investment on the AIG-GE Capital Latin American Infrastructure Fund (LAIF), a $1.1 billion private equity fund, co-sponsored by GE and AIG and managed by Emerging Markets Partnership (EMP), focused on the telecom, energy, transportation and natural resource sectors in Latin America. Eileen has also worked in the capital management division of a large NY-based insurance company, and for two financial guaranty companies, CapMAC and MBIA. Her career began at Skadden Arps, as a legal assistant in the Banking & Institutional Investing and Project Finance groups, based in NY and Beijing, China. She holds an MA in International Economics and International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a BA in Government and Economics from Hamilton College, and was credit trained at the Citibank School of Banking.
Eileen served as a Director on the Board of IEH for 5 years prior to joining the management team. She has previously served on the Boards of Hoteles City Express (Mexico), the leading and fastest-growing limited-service hotel chain in Mexico, and of SURA Asset Management, the largest pension management firm in Latin America and a subsidiary of Grupo SURA (Colombia). Eileen is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics related to emerging markets and private equity and last year acted as chairwoman of the Private Equity International Women in PE conference.