Ruzgar Barisik is co-head of IFC’s Consumer Internet practice and leads the organizations Venture Capital investments in Europe, Middle East & North Africa. IFC is the largest international development institution focused on the private sector in developing countries, and a part of the World Bank Group.
Ruzgar has over fifteen years of private equity and venture investing experience covering industrial, technology and media businesses. Prior to IFC, Ruzgar was a Partner at GTI Group, a New York based private equity investment firm, where he led various investments and realizations in the US and India. Earlier in his career, Ruzgar was Director of Corporate Development at KCI, a diversified holding company. Ruzgar graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Mathematics and Economics and holds an MBA from the Columbia Business School.
Ruzgar recently started Techemerge.org, an acceleration program for tech companies expanding into emerging markets. The inaugural program is connecting health technologies from around the world with healthcare providers in India to improve healthcare delivery and patient outcomes.