Sophia TAMOT,
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

World Hydropower Congress  |  14-16 May 2019  |  Paris


Speaker biography

Sophia Khatun Tamot is currently a member of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Environmental, Social and Governance Hydro Advisory. She works with both the private and public sector to improve regulatory frameworks around hydropower development and promote good practice for environmental and social standards in Nepal and Pakistan.

She has over 15 years of experience working for governments, the private sector and development programmes in sustainable infrastructure development, environmental and social safeguards, benefit sharing and communications.

While with the Government of Nepal’s Investment Board, Sophia set up and led their Environment and Social Unit as Principal Manager and ensured that large-scale projects complied with international E&S safeguards for the first time in the country. She was a member of the committee set up by the country’s National Planning Commission that introduced Nepal’s first land acquisition, resettlement and rehabilitation policy for infrastructure projects.

After joining IFC in 2017, she oversaw the production of a comprehensive benefit sharing study report ‘Local Shares: An in-depth examination of the opportunities and risks for local communities seeking to invest in Nepal’s hydropower projects’. This was the country’s first study on equity participation of local communities affected by hydropower projects.

Sophia completed her higher education from universities in India, UK and Singapore.