Patricia Sulser

Patricia Sulser

Independent International Development Consultant and Lawyer

As an emerging markets professional for 35+ years, Patricia has worked on projects in over 50 countries on five continents and is committed to international development and especially to Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the infrastructure sector. Her most recent position was as Global Lead, Chief Counsel and Investment Committee Member of IFC InfraVentures, a then first-of-its-kind $150 million infrastructure venture capital fund designed to galvanize projects where lack of funds and development skills hold markets back. The fund had sourced and supported 40+ complex, renewable energy, and other infrastructure projects in multiple industries worth more than $3 billion at the time of her departure from IFC in 2019.

Prior to IFC InfraVentures, Patricia was Chief Counsel at IFC and worked on and managed scores of infrastructure projects globally. In addition to structuring and negotiating IFC’s conventional offerings, she actively developed innovative investment products suitable to IFC InfraVentures’ novel approach, including structured risk products, and blended commercial and concessional financial products. 

Patricia was the co-founder of the World Bank Group’s Scaling Solar program, which has been deployed in seven countries. It combines advisory services, funding, and risk sharing products to deliver low-cost solar power to under-served populations. This program has expanded to battery solutions and is being replicated for new sectors (such as wind power) and regions across the globe.

Since 2019, Patricia has joined several start-up advisory boards in the infrastructure space—one global fin-tech company and one solar roof-top company in South Asia. She is also a member of the advisory committee for the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs at Wellesley College where she is responsible for long-term strategic planning. 

Patricia also continues to provide business, management consulting, and legal services to development finance institutions, global and local non-profit and charitable organizations. Prior to IFC, she worked at the international law firm of Shearman & Sterling in New York City, London, and Hong Kong.

Patricia is a regular speaker, teacher, and faculty member on a variety of topics at professional organizations and academic institutions. She recently published a seminal text on PPPs in the most challenging environments and impact investing by charitable organizations through for-profit ventures. Patricia earned her BA from Wellesley College and her law degree from the American University Washington College of Law.