Michèle Small was appointed as Director, Head of the Washington D.C. Representative Office, effective 9 May 2016. The primary purpose of the Representative Office is to support business development by establishing and maintaining senior relationships with key potential foreign direct investors into the Bank’s regions and to raise awareness of the Bank’s mandate, capabilities and instruments.
Michèle is a former EBRD banker; she originally joined the Bank in 1994, transferring to the Property and Tourism team in 1998 where she continued her career until 2012. She was also Acting Director for the team.
Michèle has structured and led the underwriting and implementation of several transactions (debt, mezzanine and equity). She has represented the EBRD on the Investment Committee on real estate private equity funds where the bank is an LP and on supervisory boards of companies where the bank is an equity investor.
As part of her responsibilities Michèle managed key client relationships within the sector, business development in EBRD countries of operations in central, eastern and southern Europe as well as business development for foreign direct investment in North America, Ireland and the United Kingdom.
From July 2012 until her return to the EBRD in May of 2016, Michèle worked as an international advisor specialising in all aspects of real estate investment and financing in emerging markets. Her mandates covered Central and Eastern Europe as well as Eastern Africa (Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda).
A UK national, Michèle holds an MSc in Real Estate Investment from the Cass Business School.