Oliver Behrend is a Principal Investment Officer and Acting Head for IFC's early-stage Infrastructure project development facility, IFC InfraVentures, where, for the last 3 years, he has been responsible for overseeing the development of infrastructure projects in Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. He is currently based in Vietnam, developing business for IFC in the Mekong region. Prior to joining IFC, Oliver co-headed EMIC, a joint venture between E.ON of Germany and Masdar of Abu Dhabi, developing and investing in energy efficiency and small-scale power projects in MENA, South Africa and South-East Asia. Before that, he lead Arreon Carbon, one of the largest carbon abatement (CDM) developers and traders in China. Oliver started his career in the Royal Dutch / Shell group, where he spent 10 years working on upstream gas and oil field development, on large-scale commercial transactions in gas and power as well as in infrastructure M&A before moving to China to head Shell Renewables in Asia, with a focus on developing wind projects. A German national born in Canada, Oliver holds a Masters degree in Physics from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Edinburgh.